Space Exploration and Fuel Use, is there room for improvement?

 

What is this?

The above presentation was put together using NASA’s General Purpose Analysis Tool software. We wanted to find out exactly how much fuel was being used for different NASA missions. We were hoping to baseline our navigation software so that we could see which areas needed improvement.

 

Conclusions

We learned that electric propulsion could be used in conjunction with our navigation software to enable a fine level of control and steering. This also boosts efficiency and enables long mission duration, resulting in more space exploration potential. This technology has actually been demonstrated in practice in the Dawn and Deep Space 1 missions. Our aim is to extend the applicability of a proven technology to *OTHER* types of missions and economic market sectors within space exploration.

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