Lunar Missions: Earth-orbiting or Planetary?
- By: Mitch Lasky, Joe Hamaker, Galorath Federal
Abstract: At the 2017 NASA Cost and Schedule Analysis Symposium, the authors presented a paper on the cost differences between L1/L2 missions and planetary missions. The paper provided the technical characteristics of earth-orbiting, L1/L2, and planetary orbits relative to space vehicle design and a statistical analysis of cost differences in earth orbital, L1/L2 and planetary missions was presented. The conclusions were that L1/L2 missions are more “birds of a feather” with earth orbital missions than they are with planetary missions.
- The authors are proposing in this abstract to use the same approach and methodology to examine lunar missions and try to determine what, if any, technical and/or cost differences there may be for lunar missions compared to earth orbital and planetary missions.