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Mars [electronic resource]: Prospective Energy and Material Resources

Viorel Badescu (ed.)
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
Berlin ; Heidelberg : Springer, [2009]
Language
English
ISBN
9783642036293, 3642036295, 9783642036286, 3642036287
Summary
The manned mission is seen as a first step towards a Mars surface exploration base-station and, later, establishing permanent settlement. The location and use of Mars's natural resources is vital to enable cost-effective long-duration human exploration and exploitation missions as well as subsequent human colonization. Planet resources include various crust-lodged materials, a low-pressure natural atmosphere, assorted forms of utilizable energy, lower gravity than Earth's, and ground placement advantages relative to human operability and living standards. Power resources may include using solar and wind energy, importation of nuclear reactors and the harvesting of geothermal potential. In fact, a new branch of human civilization could be established permanently on Mars in the next century. But, meantime, an inventory and proper social assessment of Mars's prospective energy and material resources is required. This book investigates the possibilities and limitations of various systems supplying manned bases on Mars with energy and other vital resources. The book collects together recent proposals and innovative options and solutions. It is a useful source of condensed information for specialists involved in current and impending Mars-related activities and a good starting point for young researchers.
Contents
  • From the contents Power System Options for Mars Surface Exploration: Past, Present and Future
  • Available Solar Energy and Weather Forecasting on Mars
  • Weather influence on PV solar cells operation on
  • Electric Power Generation on Mars using Photovoltaic Helium Balloons
  • Weather influence on solar thermal power plants operation on
  • Fuel cell power system options for Mars surface mission elements
  • The evolution of nuclear power generation for Mars
  • Distributed Power Sources for Mars
  • Advanced nuclear compact structures for power generation on Mars
  • New Solutions for Nuclear Energy and Flights on Mars
  • Geothermal energy on Mars
  • Comparative Analysis of Power System Architectures: The Case of Human Mars Surface Missions.-Economics of Energy on Mars
  • Tumbleweed: A New Paradigm for Surveying the Surface of Mars for In-situ Resources
  • Drilling and excavation for construction and in situ resource utilization
  • In situ utilization of indigenous resources.
Description
1 online resource (xxxv, 695 pages) : illustrations
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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