• Technologies enabling alternatives to Ares V

    • Aerocapture

    • Solar sails

    • Solar-electric propulsion

    • Nuclear-electric propulsion

    • Robotic assembly and servicing

  • Technologies enhancing Constellation capabilities

    • Human assembly and servicing

TABLE 2.2 Correlation of Technology Needs with the Vision Missions Analyzed by the Committee

Mission

Basic Enabling Technologies

Technologies Enabling Alternatives to Ares V

Technologies Enhancing Constellation Capabilities

Free-flying Constellations

Tethered Flight

Next Gen DSN

Space Nuclear Reactors, NEP

Aerocapture

Solar Sails

Solar/Nuclear Electric Propulsion

Robotic Assembly and Servicing

Human Assembly and Servicing

Advanced Compton Telescope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Generation-X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interstellar Probe

 

 

 

 

 

Kilometer-Baseline Far-Infrared/ Submillimeter Interferometer

 

a

 

 

 

 

 

LUVO-MUST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neptune Orbiter with Probes

 

 

 

 

 

Palmer Quest Mars Mission

 

 

a

 

 

 

 

 

SAFIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Polar Imager

 

 

 

 

 

b

Stellar Imager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titan Explorer

 

 

a

 

 

 

 

NOTE: Basic enabling technologies are those technologies that exist in concept at present but whose development is needed for some of the missions. Technologies enabling alternatives to Ares are those whose availability would provide options for the missions currently conceived as being executed without requiring an Ares V. Human assembly and servicing would enhance the capabilities of these missions. Some of the missions, like the Advanced Compton Telescope, would not directly benefit from these technology developments. DSN, Deep Space Network; LUVO, Large UV/Optical Telescope; MUST, Modern Universe Space Telescope; NEP, nuclear-electric propulsion; SAFIR, Single Aperture Far Infrared Observatory.

aSignificant mission enhancement.

bOnly if solar sail is implemented.



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