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AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition
Human missions to Mars present several major challenges that must be overcome, including delivering multiple large mass and volume elements, keeping the crew safe and productive, meeting cost constraints, and ensuring a sustainable campaign. Traditional methods for executing human Mars missions minimize or eliminate in-space assembly, which provides a narrow range of options for addressing these challenges and limits the types of missions that can be performed. This paper discusses recent workdoi:10.2514/6.2017-5359 fatcat:53rqypoykbhqzf3g3mklzctwxi