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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Landing on Mars: Brief Summary


The basic requirement is that the system must be able to deploy equipment and personnel on the Martian surface.

Solution Summary:

The several individual IPPs will dock together forming a bigger lander for landing on Mars in LMO. The lander will use a drag chute and heat shield when first entering the martian atmosphere. Later, a liquid rocket will slow the lander to an appropriate velocity while landing legs are lowered for landing. Since the IPP lander contains a homing device, the NPP lander can land in close proximity of the IPP lander. The NPP lander will land in a similar method using a drag chute, heat shield, and liquid rocket.

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