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A Flexible Lunar Architecture for Exploration (FLARE) supporting NASA's Artemis Program

Authors
  • Evans, Michael E.
  • Graham, Lee D.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta Astronautica
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jul 28, 2020
Volume
177
Pages
351–372
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2020.07.032
PMID: 32834186
PMCID: PMC7385728
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

• Deliver 4 crew to the lunar surface for 7–14 days and return them safely to Earth. • Minimum mission requires 7 CLVs & 1 SLS-B1 launch using Orion + ESM and a human lander. • Minimum mission requires 5 SpaceTugs to transfer mass between Earth and Moon orbits. • Gateway elements (PPE, HALO) are not required, but not precluded, if in low lunar orbit. • Optional cargo mission to the lunar surface adds hab, mobility devices, & experiments.

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