Aerospace Systems Future Spacecraft for Solar System Exploration

Artist’s rendition of the NASA/ESA Saturn Orbiter and Titan Probe "Cassini/Huygens," scheduled for launch in October 1997 aboard a Titan 4 with a Centaur upper stage. The total launch mass is 5820 kg and the total mass of the orbiter and probe is 2493 kg. The orbiter has 12 science instruments, and the Huygens probe has 6 instruments (courtesy of JPL).
Artist’s rendition of two candidate configurations of a spacecraft for outer planet exploration: a) This configuration can be used for launch in 2001-2002 aboard a Delta- or Molniya-class launch vehicle on Venus-Jupiter gravity assist trajectory. It requires no upper stage and has a propulsion module for large deep-space maneuvers. b) This configuration can be used for launch in 2003-2004 aboard a Delta- or Molniya-class launch vehicle. It requires an upper stage on Jupiter gravity assist trajectory (courtesy of JPL).
Artist’s rendition of a highly integrated lander/ascent vehicle for the first Mars sample return mission (courtesy of Lockheed Martin Astronautics).
Mobile Science Laboratory for Mars sample collection and caching (courtesy of JPL).
Mars Lander and Sample Return Mission with in situ resource utilization (NASA artwork by Pat Rawlings/SAIC).
Artist’s rendition of IO Volcanic Observer. An ultralight spacecraft and payload with radiation tolerant electronics, autonomous feature detection and tracking. The spacecraft is to be launched on a Delta-class launch vehicle and remain for one year in IO (Jupiter’s moon orbit) (courtesy of JPL).
Europa Ocean Explorer. The spacecraft will have low mass propulsion and provide efficient, lightweight solar power generation at Jupiter (courtesy of JPL).
Artist's rendering of the Lunar Prospecor orbiter set for launch aboard the three-stage LMLV-2 booster in October 1997.The spacecraft is 4.6 x 4.1 ft and weighs 418 lb. It will search for evidence of water, ice, and other lunar resources as a precursor to lunar resource utilization (Courtesy of Lockheed martin Missiles and Space Co.).
Artist's rendering of a Stardust spacecraft scheduled for launch on a Delta booster in February 1999. The spacecraft will weigh 750 lb (with fuel), will collect interstellar dust particles shed by comet Wild-2 in 2004, and will return samples to Earth in a 32-in. diam reentry capsule in 2006 (Courtesy of Jet Propulsion Laboratory).
Mars Pathfinder Lander and Microrover on Martian surface (courtesy of JPL).

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Professor Ahmed K. Noor
Director, Center for Advanced Engineering Environments

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