Delivery and Return Transport System (DARTS)


Getting to Mars
   Brief Summary
   Extensive Solution
   Manifest List

Landing on Mars
   Brief Summary
   Extensive Solution/Justification
   Landing Manifest

Returning to LEO
   Brief Summary
   Extensive Solution
   Returning Manifest

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Getting to Mars: Manifest List

The following table displays the payload of the Ion Propulsion Package:
Item Mass (metric tons)
Experimental Equipment 2.0
Surface Robots 2.0
Rover 0.400
Descent Engine 3.0
Inflatable Habitats (1.0 ea. x2) 2.0
IPP Structure 1.0
Fuel Cells 17.0
Ion Engines 3.0
Fuel 65.1
Miscellaneous 0.50
Total Mass Launched to LEO 96.0 tons
Table 1. Ion Propulsion Payload

The payload for the Nuclear Propulsion Package is shown in the table below:
Item Mass (metric tons)
Transfer Habitat 20.4
Consumables + Oxygen 10.0
Nuclear Engine 10.0
Falcon dry mass and ascent stage engine 6.0
Crew 0.420
Miscellaneous 0.500
Suits 0.409
Surface Habitat 10.0
Decent stage engine and structure 10.0
Fuel 612
Total Mass Launched to LEO 680 tons
Table 2. Nuclear Propulsion Payload

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