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Mars Outpost Demo

Mars Outpost Demo [NanoRacks]

The Mars Outpost Demo is an experiment with the overall goal, to demonstrate metal cutting in space and to explore the feasibility of reusing abandoned space vehicles.

The experiment will be launched on the second stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle on a dedicated sun-sync rideshare mission. The experiment remains attached to the second stage throughout the mission and during de-orbit. Stage 2 will be inserted into a circular orbit at about 545 km, 97.5 degrees inclination. Transmission and experiment initiation will be enabled by the Stage 2 on board computer after deployment of satellite payloads from Stage 2. This is estimated to be about 45 minutes after second stage engine cutoff. After completion of the mission, Stage 2 will be deorbited.

The payload system is a cutting experiment. A video camera will record a high speed cutting wheel cutting a coupon of CRES 316 stainless steel. The experiment will demonstrate cutting characteristics in zero g and vacuum.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: NanoRacks
Contractors: NanoRacks (experiment)
Equipment:
Configuration: Experiment bolted to Falcon upper stage
Propulsion:
Power: Batteries
Lifetime: ~1 hour
Mass: 111 kg (experiment only)
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Mars Outpost Demo - 2022 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with (Transporter 3)

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