National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV)

Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV)

Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV)

Mission Goals

The MAV will launch a Martian surface sample into Low Mars Orbit where the sample will await a ride home to Earth. The Mars ascent vehicle must be developed to survive a variety of conditions including the trans Mars journey, Martian entry descent and landing and the harsh Martian surface environments while maintaining the ability to deliver its payload to Low Mars Orbit.

Mission Events

  • Delivered to Mars within a Mars Science Lab Cruise Deck and Aeroshell for transit to Mars, Aerobrake Capture, Entry/Decent/Landing (EDL)
  • Mars Cruise Stage delivers SkyCrane with Lander/Rover/MAV to Mars
  • SkyCrane provides EDL to Mars surface
  • Elevator deployed on Mars Surface to Launch MAV
  • Launches to Low Mars Orbit