Space Mission Development

The Space Mission Development Division

Space Architecture & Mission Analysis Group

The Space Architecture and Mission Analysis Group examines architecture options for doing different types of space missions, from interplanetary to interstellar, according to a variety of mission scenarios. It has the task of helping to understand the fundamental requirements for different missions.

Energy Sources Group

The Energy Sources Group examines all forms of energy sources for powering space technology, from reactors to engines. It covers chemical, electric, solar, nuclear or other sources yet to be fully characterised such as antimatter and negative energy. Its scope includes design, build, containment, acquisition, application and performance.

Low Earth Orbit & Technology Demonstrations Group

The Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Technology Demonstrations Group considers missions and technology associated with reaching near-Earth space and the sorts of missions that are undertaken. This includes the technology for getting there such as the types of rockets. It also looks at the sorts of missions that can be performed using satellite (or other such as CubeSats) technology to validate aspects of interstellar engineering.

Space Tourism Group

The Space Tourism Group examines the emerging business market, opportunities, incentives, mission types. It also looks at how this new industry can be used as a catalyst to spurring greater capacity for humans in space.

Planetary Exploration & Deep Space Group

The Planetary Exploration and Deep Space Group examines both robotic and human missions beyond the orbit of Earth, to the Moon and planets of our solar system. It considers the sorts of missions that can be done builds reliable studies for missions that can be launched in the coming decades, which have the benefit of furthering human expansion.

Mars Colonization Group

The Mars Colonization Group has the specialist remit of examining human colonies on the surface of the planet Mars. This includes the infrastructure requirements, types of missions and on surface science and society. It considers how Mars colonization can be accomplished in the coming decades, working with other advocacy groups which have similar goals.

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