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Old 12-02-2017, 03:32 PM   #31
RGClark
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Elon has said in the first Falcon Heavy test flight next year, he'll be launching the Tesla Roadster to Mars orbit:

SpaceX will try to launch Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster on new heavy-lift rocket
December 2, 2017 Stephen Clark
https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/12/0...y-lift-rocket/

In my blog post "Test flights of the Falcon Heavy for missions to the moons of Earth and Mars, Page 1", I had to do a calculation outside the optimal 2018 launch window. This reduced the payload or necessitated doing an aerocapture at Mars.

Now the planned launch is in 2018 which will reduce the delta-v requirements. So it may be possible to do a direct, propulsive landing on Phobos without using aerocapture.

Bob Clark

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