Thursday, September 28, 2017

Lockheed Martin's Mars Base Camp concept

In a few hours at 2017 International Astronautical Conference American aerospace, advanced technologies and defense company Lockheed Martin will give an update to its Mars Base Camp concept. If accepted by NASA the Mars Base Camp would be a manned "Mars-orbiting science laboratory where astronauts can perform real-time scientific exploration, analyze Martian rock and soil samples, and confirm the ideal place to land humans on the surface in the 2030s." The proposed mission would send humans to Mars orbit by 2028 and is "designed to be led by NASA and its international and commercial partners."

Recently Lockheed Martin has released some concept images for the mission (open link in new tab to view in full resolution):

Lockheed Martin Mars lander docked with Mars Base Camp

Lockheed Martin Mars Base Camp configuration

Lockheed Martin Mars Base CampPhobos Deimos lander (excursion module) leaving Lockheed Martin Mars Base Camp

Orion docking with Lockheed Martin Mars Base CampMars sample return to Lockheed Martin Mars Base Camp

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Presentation of the mission concept:




Lockheed Martin Mars Base Camp 2028 mission overview

Animation of Mars Base Camp and Lander: