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Mars transportation vehicle concept

Authors
Journal
Acta Astronautica
0094-5765
Publisher
Elsevier
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.06.015
Keywords
  • Martian Atmosphere
  • Combustion
  • Metal Powder
  • Lift Force
  • Screen Effect
  • Screen-Plane Vehicle

Abstract

Highlights • A concept of Mars planet propulsion vehicles is analyzed. • Aluminum or magnesium combustion in CO2 is considered as the main energy production cycle. • The flight possibilities in rarefied Martian atmosphere are analyzed. • The problem of lift force determination in compressible gas in the proximity of rigid surface was solved theoretically. • Lift force increases on approaching rigid surface, which is sufficient for guaranteeing reliable flights in Martian atmosphere.

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