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Autonomous Surface Site Establishment to Ensure Safe Crew Arrival and Operations

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Autonomous Surface Site Establishment to Ensure Safe Crew Arrival and Operations
Identify the surface assets and the autonomous operations necessary to provide an operational and safe destination that reduces risk for human Mars exploration Traditional Mars surface strategies have relied on crew availability to support system setup and repair “Safety first, then crew” has been followed throughout history of human spaceflight (e.g. Apollo, crew to low Earth orbit) Advances in autonomy and associated technologies on Earth are applicable to the deployment and operations of Mars surface infrastructure, leading to a safer destination when crew arrive. More »

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