SURREY MISSIONS BEYOND LOW EARTH ORBIT:  TO THE MOON AND BEYOND

Abstract:

Lunar and interplanetary missions are not cheap.  Previous missions have cost hundreds of millions of pounds, and for this reason were primarily the domain of large national space agencies.  However in recent years a trend has developed in which missions have become more affordable, facilitating a new world of space fairing nations. Surrey Satellite Technology has been at the forefront of providing 'Affordable Access To Space'  for a range of LEO missions since 1979.  Extending this philosophy to a lunar mission will demonstrate a new affordable lunar and interplanetary platform.

This lecture will present a spacecraft concept design and address the design drivers.  A practical Earth departure and lunar capture trajectory will be presented, along with a low cost spacecraft & operations concept.  This design-to-cost mission will be challenging, but the largely commercial off-the-shelf system design suggests the mission is feasible for low cost.