Browse Publications Technical Papers 2006-01-2071
2006-07-17

Trade Study for a Mars Surface Mission Bulk Commodity Supply Scenario: Processed Peanut Oil Versus Bulk Oil 2006-01-2071

A comparison of resource cost was made between processed peanut oil and a bulk supply of peanut oil within a reference menu using nominal yield values from literature and equivalency factors from the Exploration Life Support (ELS) Baseline Values and Assumptions Document (BVAD). Results of the comparison show a potential mass savings of up to 496.3 kg if a bulk supply of oil were to replace processed peanut oil within identified recipes. Direct comparison of processed peanut oil and bulk oil commodities shows the cost-to-launch value for processed peanut oil will be 3.2 times greater than a bulk supply. This replacement would also remove 164.4 kg of solid waste generated through peanut processing. These values and the general versatility of a bulk supply of oil indicate that recipes under the bulk commodity supply scenario should use a variety of oils.

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