Pipcard Posted March 4 Author Share Posted March 4 (edited) Reposting here for posterity (as to why I'm using nuclear thermal propulsion instead of electric, which would make more sense considering Japan's usage of it in the Hayabusa missions) On 7/30/2022 at 11:34 AM, Beccab said: Now I'm curious, has NASDA/JAXA ever published a design of a crewed mars lander/base? I've tried searching a bit for it on google to no avail, the furthest I got was finding a few lunar landers (and even then, it's one crew lander and one cargo lander) On 7/30/2022 at 1:47 PM, SunlitZelkova said: A search of “日本の有人火星着陸” (Japanese crewed Mars landing) yields nothing. [...] They would probably use an opposition class profile, to avoid a prolonged stay on the surface. If the Fukushima disaster still happens in any world you decide to use this in, nuclear power is likely out of the question. Lack of a reactor would probably not permit a prolonged surface stay. If somehow Japan doesn’t develop a “nuclear power allergy”, nuclear electric propulsion would also be a possible choice. But NTRs are unlikely to be adopted, simply because Japan has more experience with ion propulsion. 5 hours ago, Pipcard said: I was thinking of the same thing, too. But Japan has started to come back to nuclear power in spite of the Fukushima disaster. I know that in reality, Japan would be more likely to use (low-thrust) electric propulsion over nuclear thermal, and was considering it for my Ceres mission, but from what I've read elsewhere, the Persistent Thrust mod isn't always reliable. Edited March 4 by Pipcard Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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