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Executive Summary of the mission study by Thales Alenia Space (Reference: SD-RP-AI-0673).
The scope of this study was to provide technical definition and programmatic assessments of the whole space segment (Spacecraft + Earth Re-entry Capsule + Guidance Navigation & Control and of Touch & Go System + Sampling Acquisition & Transfer System), including development schedule and industrial costs evaluation. This information will support the selection process of the M mission to enter the definition Phase in the first half of 2010.
Executive Summary of the mission study by EADS Astrium (Reference: MP.ASU.ES).
The Marco Polo Assessment Study under ESA contract led by Astrium Ltd has focused on an ESA-defined scenario, defining a feasible mission architecture for the mission and providing preliminary designs for the spacecraft and Earth Re-entry Capsule. Trade-offs have been carried out to determine the optimum launch and transfer strategy, proximity operations, and return strategy. In parallel the key-technologies for the mission have been assessed and the development requirements identified.
This technical review report for the Marco Polo candidate mission presents the outcome of ESA's internal review of this M-class candidate mission in the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 plan. The review was concluded at the end of the mission assessment phase and carried out in frame of the down-selection to 3 or 4 M-class missions, which will proceed to the definition phase. The main goal of this internal review was to identify the mission's critical issues and associated risks at technical, programmatic and financial level.
Executive Summary of the mission study by OHB-System AG (Reference: MPL-OHB-TN-014).
This executive summary presents the results of the Marco Polo study performed under ESA contract by the industrial team led by OHB-System AG, for an ESA-defined scenario. Possible collaboration schemes associated with this scenario are not addressed here. The results presented address the mission and system design of the ESA space element of the Marco Polo mission including the analysis of critical technologies required for this ambitious mission.
The industrial team was led by OHB-System AG and included the following partners:
- GMV S.A. - focussing on mission analysis and GNC technologies
- Sener S.A. - focussing on landing and sample acquisition technologies
- Aero Sekur S.p.A. - focussing on high speed re-entry technologies
- QinetiQ Ltd - providing consultancy in the area of electric propulsion
|I.||Missions: general studies and programmatics|
|II.||Physical properties of NEOs from laboratory experiments, simulations and observations|
|III.||Instrumentation for global and local characterization|
|IV.||Sampling mechanisms and analysis|
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