Liquid Rocket Propulsion for Atmospheric Flight in the Proposed ARES Mars Scout Mission

Christopher Kuhl, Henry Wright, Carl Guernsey, Anthony Colozza, Craig Hunter
2004 40th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit   unpublished
Flying above the Mars Southern Highlands, an airplane will traverse over the terrain of Mars while conducting unique science measurements of the atmosphere, surface, and interior. This paper describes an overview of the ARES mission with an emphasis on airplane propulsion needs. The process for selecting a propulsion system for the ARES airplane is also included. Details of the propulsion system, including system schematics, hardware and performance are provided. The airplane has a 6.25 m
more » ... has a 6.25 m wingspan with a total mass of 149 kg and is propelled by a bi-propellant liquid rocket system capable of carrying roughly 48 kg of MMH/MON3 propellant.
doi:10.2514/6.2004-3696 fatcat:qmoocxtwlvgvfdy67kuhvw52li