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Accession Number N14-0000333
Title Advanced Modular Power Approach to Affordable, Supportable Space Systems.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 40p
Personal Author B. I. Mckissock E. Wong G. L. Kimnach J. Fincannon P. L. Loyselle R. C. Oeftering
Abstract Recent studies of missions to the Moon, Mars and Near Earth Asteroids (NEA) indicate that these missions often involve several distinct separately launched vehicles that must ultimately be integrated together in-flight and operate as one unit. Therefore, it is important to see these vehicles as elements of a larger segmented spacecraft rather than separate spacecraft flying in formation. The evolution of large multi-vehicle exploration architecture creates the need (and opportunity) to establish a global power architecture that is common across all vehicles. The Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Modular Power System (AMPS) project managed by NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) is aimed at establishing the modular power system architecture that will enable power systems to be built from a common set of modular building blocks. The project is developing, demonstrating and evaluating key modular power technologies that are expected to minimize non-recurring development costs, reduce recurring integration costs, as well as, mission operational and support costs. Further, modular power is expected to enhance mission flexibility, vehicle reliability, scalability and overall mission supportability. The AMPS project not only supports multi-vehicle architectures but should enable multi-mission capability as well. The AMPS technology development involves near term demonstrations involving developmental prototype vehicles and field demonstrations. These operational demonstrations not only serve as a means of evaluating modular technology but also provide feedback to developers that assure that they progress toward truly flexible and operationally supportable modular power architecture.
Keywords Aerospace systems
Cost reduction
Flexibility
Formation flying
Fuel cells
Mars missions
Prototypes
Reliability
Solar arrays


 
Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 84 - Space Technology
97N - Solar Energy
84B - Extraterrestrial Exploration
Corporate Author National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cleveland, OH. NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1416
Contract Number N/A

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