Atromos: Mars Companion Mission, Mid Sized Polar Lander Investigation

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dc.contributor.author Iskander, Ed en_US
dc.contributor.author Hartman, Elsie en_US
dc.contributor.author Ngo, Freddy en_US
dc.contributor.author Lueng, Hingloi en_US
dc.contributor.author Boronowsky, Kenny en_US
dc.contributor.author Murbach, Marcus en_US
dc.contributor.author Fernandez, Nelson en_US
dc.contributor.author Pham, Nicholas en_US
dc.contributor.author Papadopoulos, Periklis en_US
dc.contributor.author Martinez, Ramon en_US
dc.contributor.author Shah, Syed Ghazanfar en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-20T19:51:09Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-20T19:51:09Z
dc.date.issued 2008-06-24 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/26335
dc.description This presentation was part of the session : Poster Sessions en_US
dc.description Sixth International Planetary Probe Workshop en_US
dc.description.abstract The polar regions of Mars offer a rich environment to search for signs of life. The Atromos probe was designed with the intent of investigating this polar region for evidence of life and to take atmospheric data in the harsh environment. The overall project was done as an example model and proof of concept for a small and affordable planetary probe capable of collecting scientific data used in life detection. Several key instruments were included such as a mass spectrometer, methane detector, gas chromatograph, and atmospheric characterization equipment. Some important components of the design were the ultra sonic drill, mechanical airbag system and deployable mast. The ultra sonic drill consists of a piezoelectric vibrator attached to a coring bit and a free mass. This drill can operate without external force applied and can bring back ice cores on the polar surface. The mechanical airbag system is an alternative method for touchdown in the EDL sequence. It minimizes the complexity and increases reliability of the probe surviving impact by utilizing spokes to absorb the impact. The deployable mast is used to enhance the atmospheric data collection by extending a series of temperature, pressure and anemometers to various distances above the surface. Notable subsystem work includes the power system and thermal regulation for operation on the planet. The power system consists of a radioisotope thermoelectric generator as well as solar panels that surround the probe. Power is stored in ultra capacitors and the probe operates on duty cycles when enough power is stored. The thermal regulation system consists of a sealed insulated box concealed within the probe. Inside the box are several radioisotope heating units to provide the warmth necessary for polar survival. System design, integration, testing and mock construction were performed on the various subsystems to determine feasibility and effectiveness. \nA poster will be presented at the IPPW 6. The poster will show the system layout, integration and testing results for all the subsystems and equipment included on the probe. A mock model will accompany the poster to help visualize the scale and functionality of the probe. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA, Ames Research Center en_US
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries IPPW08. Poster Sessions en_US
dc.subject Polar caps en_US
dc.subject Probe design en_US
dc.subject Life on Mars en_US
dc.title Atromos: Mars Companion Mission, Mid Sized Polar Lander Investigation en_US
dc.type Proceedings en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename San José State University. Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering en_US


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