FISO: On-Orbit Servicing + To Mars via 6 not-so-easy pieces + Solar sails

Catching up with recent presentations to the Future In-Space Operations (FISO) study group. The presentation materials are  posted in the FISO Working Group Presentations Archive for the following 3 talks.

On-Orbit Servicing: Telepresence and the DEOS Simulator, Jordi Artigas , DLR  – May.7.14

  • An overview of the German space agency (DLR)  in-space robotics projects, past and present. An intro to telepresence
  • Artigas_5-7-14.pdf – slides
  • Artigas.mp3 – audio

A timeline of DLR space robotics projects:



Mission to Mars Using Six ‘Not So Easy’ Pieces, Mike Raftery, Boeing- May 14, 2014



Solar Sail Description and Space Weather (and Other) Mission Capabilities, Bruce Campbell , (formally ATK, GSFC) – May 21, 2014

  • An overview of the basics of solar sails, types of solar sails, a review of previous, current and future projects
  • Campbell_5-21-14.pdf – slides
  • Campbell.mp3 – audio


6 thoughts on “FISO: On-Orbit Servicing + To Mars via 6 not-so-easy pieces + Solar sails”

  1. “An “affordable” Mars exploration architecture based on SLS/Orion plus a Solar Electric Powered (SEP) tug for both cargo & crew, inflatable habitat module, lander system, and an ascent system.”
    Affordable Mars exploration architecture based on SLS/Orion? Wonder if they have ever heard of the word “oxymoron”?

  2. I didn’t bother going downtown to the recent Humans-to-Mars symposium ( in DC because it was all based on this sort of “affordable” architecture. Unfortunately, the Explore Mars organization has been captured by the SLS/Orion Boeing/LM cabal and they don’t entertain alternative approaches.

    Note that SLS originally was often sold as a way to avoid in-space assembly. However, it was soon clear that almost any deep space exploration mission of interest still required in-space assembly. So now the claim is that the SLS provides for “a reasonable number of assembly flights”. So three times as many assembly flights of a Falcon Heavy is unreasonable even though the cumulative launch cost would probably be 20 or 30 times cheaper, especially when the FH uses reusable boosters.

  3. It is a shame that these materials are taken down from the web sites so quickly. I would like to see what the six steps to Mars would be, but the web site says only “403 Forbidden” 🙁

      1. I must have bad timing. This is not the first time I have gotten 403 errors when trying to retrieve FISO documents that are over a week old. Thanks for the re-check. I’m enjoying / laughing over them now.

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