The KISS Steering Committee has selected the following programs for inclusion into the 2020 KISS Study Program. Congratulations to all of the teams listed below!
Next Generation Planetary Geodesy
- Anton Ermakov (Berkeley)
- James Keane (Campus/GPS)
- Mike Sori (Purdue)
The overarching goals of this study are:
- Science: Identify the transformative science that would be enabled by next-generation geodesy at Mars, Venus, and Ocean Worlds.
- Technology: Identify the new technologies and mission architectures needed to achieve those scientific advances.
The Next-Generation Ground-Based Planetary Radar
- Katherine de Kleer (Campus/GPS)
- Joe Lazio (JPL)
- Vikram Ravi (Campus/PMA)
This study intends to examine the science, technical, and programmatic considerations for future ground-based planetary radar systems, with the goal of identifying scientific results and technical capabilities that would stimulate and complement future planetary science missions.
Venus In-Situ Sample Capture Mission
The overarching goal of the proposed workshop is to investigate a novel in-situ sample capture mission, where Venus’ lower atmospheric and/or geologic samples are delivered to an “airborne laboratory” for analysis.
- Identify different approaches to in-situ sample capture, and analyze of their feasibility.
- Determine the scope of the science enabled by the methods above, and what requirements this puts on the airborne laboratory (e.g. science payload).
- Determine viable development pathways for needed technology to make the mission concept possible.
Revolutionizing Access to the Martian Surface
- Chris Culbert (NASA JSC)
- Bethany Ehlmann (Campus/GPS, JPL)
- Abigail Fraeman (JPL)
There are a diverse set of science questions that can only be addressed by multiple future surface missions to Mars. This team will study how to substantially reduce the cost associated with multiple-copy, landed missions to Mars by developing novel system designs (landed asset design, delivery, operations) and examining cost models, institutional/project management processes, and non-traditional partnerships with industry.
Non-Nuclear Exploration of The Solar System
- John Brophy (JPL)
- Phil Lubin (UCSB)
- Sergio Pellegrino (Campus/EAS, JPL)
The proposed study would investigate a system architecture with the potential to provide solar-powered transportation to the outer planets and solar power in orbit at the destination. This architecture consists of two key features:
- Very large, deployable solar arrays to provide power at the outer planets (roughly a few thousand square meters per wing with areal densities of order ~100 g/m2).
- Direct-drive electric propulsion systems to take advantage of the high-power provided by very large solar arrays to deliver them to their destinations. Ideally, such electric propulsion systems require the development of high-voltage solar arrays with output voltages of order 1 kV and should be throttleable over a large input power range (≥ 100:1).