- Mar 23, 2008
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Lockheed Martin's Mars Ascent/Descent Vehicle (MADV) was presented as part of the 'Mars Base Camp' architecture in Adelaide in Sept 2017, the same conference Elon Musk presented his BFR.
The vessel looks amazingly 1950s rocketpunk, like a crossover between a Lockheed Electra airliner and an Atlas Mercury rocket! Still the paper seems very well researched.
This vessel is built for sorties of 4 astronauts for ten days from Martian orbit to surface. It is a fully reusable lander and single-stage to orbit vehicle, which can be refueled with LH2/LOX in Mars orbit.
When entering the Martian atmosphere, the vessel sheds most of its energy in aerodynamic flight before pitching up to a propulsive landing. Also a fully propulsive landing using a landing MFD is possible.