To send a team of astronauts to Mars to perform missions, and then retrieve the team and send the astronauts back to Earth.
Ship Design and Construction:
Deep Red’s designs are focused into 4 major sections; Red Sector, Yellow Sector, Green Sector, and Blue Sector.
Red Sector: Red Sector is the heart of the ship, controlling all shipboard functions and housing power controls and heating/cooling systems. Red
Sector is located near the aft section of the ship next to Grey Sector – where the MPD Thruster and Nuclear Generator are located.
Cooling and heating systems link up with Grey Sector to keep the reactor stable, and to use excess heat to keep the ship warm in cases of emergency.
Heat Vents are also located off the sides of Red Sector, in the case of a heat overload, and case give off this heat using a process very similar to
the way that solar panels absorb heat.
Yellow Sector: Yellow Sector is the bowels of the ship, used for storing essential mission supplies, such as food, oxygen, and waste products. Yellow
Sector also hosts some solar panel arrays, and redirects the energy from these sources to all electronic shipboard systems. Extra oxygen/nitrogen
tanks are also kept outside the ship or emergency purposes.
Green Sector: Green Sector is the lungs of the ship, where the crew eat and sleep, exercise, sanitize, and perform daily functions. A small medical
facility is also located here to treat radiation poisoning, accidental inflictions, and general sickness. Green Sector also hosts solar panel arrays,
as well as extra oxygen storage for the trip to and from Mars.
Blue Sector: Blue Sector is the brain of the ship, where the crew will conduct communications back to earth via a satellite signal, where the crew can
change course and speed, and where all essential shipboard systems are controlled from. Emergency equipment is also held in Blue Sector, as well as
storage of important equipment such as space suits and scientific equipment.
Docking: Docking Sector contains supply lines and equipment to be shipped to and from the Mars Lander. It does not rotate, unlike all other sectors,
and so is kept in Zero-G. Special equipment for dealing with the zero-G environment is kept here, such as the Canadarm, and other special lifting and
Construction: Each Sector is a single section of Deep Red, capsulated like the International Space Station. Using the facilities at the International
Space Station, Deep Red can be slowly assembled there, allowing Deep Red to be a space-vehicle only without need for atmospheric exit and re-entry.
A Metal Beam travels along the center of Deep Red, extending from the Docking Sector to Grey Sector, both of which are along the beam. Turbines in the
Docking Sector can power up and change gravitational requirements of the rotating Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue Sectors through centrifugal force. The
turbines will gradually slow the spin of the sectors en-route to Mars, so that by the time the crew reaches Mars, the illusion of gravity on Deep Red
will approximate the actual gravity of Mars. On the way back to Earth, this spin will be increased slowly until the crew is used to the gravity back
on earth again.
Leave Earth at a point when the point of departure and point of arrival at Mars will be 100 km separate from each other. If a closer distance can be
established, doing so will be beneficial. Mark this as Day 1
Day 73 – At a constant Acceleration of 0.0025 m/s/s provided by 200 Newtons of Force per second, on Day 73 Deep Red must turn around and begin
deceleration at a constant pace of -0.0025 m/s/s. Maximum speed during the trip will reach an ASTOUNDING 15811.388 m/s, or nearly 16 km of space every
Day 140 – With Mars in sight, correctional flight maneuvers are performed to bring Deep Red into a stable orbit around Mars.
Day 146 – Arrival at Mars. Much singing and dancing. Astronauts given a shot of their favourite drink from back home.
Day 147 – Astronauts, using Exit/Re-entry vehicle, land on the Red Planet. Proceed to pre-fabricated and pre-sent ground base in designated area
(see Mars photo). Pressure at this low an elevation on Mars may allow the existence of liquid water.
Day 148 – 176 Astronauts perform a multitude of different Missions before returning to Deep Red on Day 177.
Day 178 – After checking onboard flight status, Astronauts leave Mars orbit and begin acceleration for long voyage home. Since earth will not be
within 100 km of Mars again until Day 780, leaving to return to earth when it is in its same position may prove beneficial.
Day 356 – Arrival back at Earth’s ISS. Total time span of mission; 1 year.
Physics of the MPD Thruster:
The MPD Thruster is a variation of common Ion Thrusters. Through use of a magnetically alterable field (like a Mag-Lev), xenon, neon, or other stable
gases can be magnetically shot out at high speeds (as high as 110km/s), and provide force of greater than 200 Newtons – equivalent to modern
chemical maneuvering rockets.
The drawback to the MPD Thruster is its higher than normal power requirements, in the megawatts of power. However use of a Nuclear Power Plant, like
the kind used in Nuclear Submarines, can offset this gross power requirement at excellently low cost and excellent high efficiency.
Examples of smaller nuclear plants can be found in both the Viking Landers as well as the Voyager spacecraft. Although a larger, though more modern,
nuclear plant would provide now enough power at very safe levels. The Pebble Bed Reactor (PBR) has a natural maximum flow of energy, and is considered
one of the safest forms of generating nuclear power in today’s world. This PBR would be the perfect solution for our space-farers.
PART TWO TO FOLLOW
[edit on 5/18/2006 by cmdrkeenkid]