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Title: Single Launch Architecture for Potential Mars Sample Return Mission Using Electric Propulsion
Primary Author: David Oh
Secondary Author(s): Richard R. Hofer, Ira Katz, Jon A. Sims, Noah Z. Warner, Thomas M. Randolph, Ronald T. Reeve, and Robert C. Moeller
Institution: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Date: September 15, 2009
Summary: Paper describes how a single launch Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission could potentially be enabled by using of Electric Propulsion with Hall Thrusters: a well established, off-the-shelf technology commonly used on communications satellites today.
Panel Selection: Mars: Not Phobos and Deimos.
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