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Safe Crew Abort and Recovery for Ascent and Descent at the Moon and Mars

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Safe Crew Abort and Recovery for Ascent and Descent at the Moon and Mars
Modular HSRV design includes a separable nose section with a unique propulsion system that nominally enables soft landing of the HSRV on the moon and Mars. Nose sections are repurposable, providing crew recovery vehicle capabilities from surface or orbital nodes. In a contingency, the HSRV nose section separates along with the crew capsule to allow either ATO or abort-to-surface (ATS). For Mars EDL ATS scenarios, the capsule separates from the nose section and employs a HIAD, supersonic parachutes, and retropropulsion to safely land. More »

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