Mars Sample Return Orbiter concept map
Tencent Space News (Guilin), according to NASA official website 19 news, NASA has been under 2020s emitted a Mars orbiter selected five companies conceptual research, this study on 2030 US manned landing Mars mission is very important, relay communications services to provide high-quality global images of Mars and the Earth to Mars between.
The new ship will replace the orbiter has been in service more than a decade of Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Mars is currently on track to work NASA probe Mars Odyssey, launched in 2001, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched in 2005, and Marvin No. 2013 launch.
The following five US companies to assume the next four months Conceptual Study: Boeing, Northrop & middot; Grumman, Lockheed Martin, ATK rail company, Loral Space Systems.
NASA headquarters in Washington, Acting Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate Jeffrey & middot; Yoder (Geoffrey Yoder) indicates: & ldquo; We are very pleased to be able to prepare for the next decade of Mars exploration program. & Rdquo;
NASA will be launched in 2022 after the new orbiter, the figure on the right is a conceptual scheme.
The conceptual study will focus on how to Mars aboard to provide the best communications, as well as the ability to run images of Mars, the probe support and evaluate scientific instruments and other features
Possibilities, including the Mars Laser Communication Technology Earth. Ship conceptual probe would take advantage of the US industrial technology capabilities, including the use of solar electric propulsion technology, which can enhance the mobility detector in orbit, launching more flexible.
Mars Sample Return rover and riser concept map
Last October the US Space News Network (spacenews) has been reported, NASA Mars exploration program director Jim & middot; Watkin (Jim Watzin) hoped that the orbiter Mars orbit with the rendezvous and docking ability to capture portable risers Mars sample and can these samples back to Earth, these samples will arrive on Mars in 2020 under an enhanced version of the curiosity Mars rover acquisition.
The orbiter will be the fastest launch in 2022, but many scientists believe that 2024 is a more appropriate time. Six months ago, the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group of the United States established the Mars scientific community published a report, which recommended a series of scientific objectives to future NASA Mars orbiter,
But this conceptual study will assess the feasibility of these scientific goals.
NASA probe project is also seeking the interested partners.
Data for the Western Hemisphere of Mars
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is responsible for the management of the conceptual research project, but also responsible for daily operations of the various NASA Mars probe. NASA currently has five probes on the Martian surface and track work, including two rovers, three orbiter, Mars and transmit to study earthquakes and other geological activity inside insight numbers in 2018.