Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Mars Exploration

Giuseppe Pezzella

Univeristy of Campania


Antonio Viviani

University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”


Mission analysis aerospace engineering interplanetary trajectory entry flight mechanics numerical methods computational fluid dynamics parachute inflation thermochemical non-equilibrium flow catalyticity thermal design finite element methods spacecraft navigation and control

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Space exploration of the Solar System represents the next frontier for mankind. Lack of human activities beyond the low Earth orbits pushes to new research efforts in the light of new planetary explorations. Missions to asteroids, Moon, and planets are currently under development by several Space Agencies and Research centers all over the world. Today the red planet is the most investigated planet of the Solar System for its great similarity with Earth. Therefore, after the Moon conquest, Mars represents the next target of Human exploration. Man-rated missions to Mars, however, are still demanding and challenging so robotic missions in order to gain further knowledge and high technology readiness levels are suggested. In this framework, this book deals with Mars exploration. All fundamental topics for such an exploration mission to be successful are provided and discussed in the book. Among others, the attention is on mission design, space exploration requirements and constraints, astrodynamics, planetary entry dynamics, spacecraft aerodynamics, and aerothermodynamics.

This book intends to provide the reader, like students, engineers, and researches, with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in Mars exploration, featuring an easy-to-follow way and support that focuses on the most important evidence-based developments in this critically important area of Space exploration.

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Date completed: September 25th 2019

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Expected publication date: October 10th 2020

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Giuseppe Pezzella

Univeristy of Campania

Dr. Giuseppe Pezzella was born on November 23th 1972, in Naples (Italy). He is a lecturer in Aerodynamics and Aerothermodynamics at the Department of Engineering of the University of Campania, Italy. He received his Diploma (M.Sc.) in Aeronautical Engineering in 1999 at University of Naples 'Federico II”. Dr. Pezzella took his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at University of Naples 'Federico II”, in 2003. He has been a research engineer in the Physics of Fluids Department at CIRA since 2005, after a period spent at University of Naples 'Federico II” in the frame of post-doc activities. He is a specialized analyst in the fields of vehicles’ aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, and aeroshape design. He is involved in national, e.g., PRORA and international projects, e.g., EXPERT, HIGH-LIFT, FLPP-IXV, RASTAS-SPEAR, HEXAFLY, LAPCAT-II, SCRAMSPACE, HEXAFLY-INT. Dr. Pezzella is an author or co-author of about 100 publications among archive journals, conference papers, and edited books, and a reviewer of several international journals.

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