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Aquarius, a Reusable Water-Based Interplanetary Human Spaceflight Transport
January 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree - $25
Please join the AIAA Houston Section and Daniel R. Adamo, Astrodynamics Consultant, AIAA Senior Member, and Distinguished Lecturer in a lecture that reviews major challenges to interplanetary human spaceflight and suggests strategies by which they may be addressed. These strategies include pre-emplaced Earth return consumables at the interplanetary destination, water used as a high-efficiency/high-thrust propellant also serving as crew radiation shielding, and transport servicing in a distant retrograde orbit about the Moon. Applied to a hypothetical transport christened Aquarius, the strategies are shown to enable routine and sustainable roundtrips between Earth and Deimos, the outer moon of Mars. Knowledge gaps pertaining to Aquarius are identified with the intent of motivating changes in current technology roadmaps. After listening to this lecture, anyone with interplanetary human spaceflight interests will be conversant with associated technology issues and plausible means by which they might be resolved.
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