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  • Program for the 6th International Planetary Probe Workshop 

    6th International Planetary Probe Workshop (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06)
  • UAV mission design for the exploration of Mars - ESA/EUROAVIA Design Workshop 2006 

    Perez Lebbink, Lisero (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-26)
    This paper describes three different mission concepts for the exploration of Mars by means of a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). These concepts have been proposed after a three week workshop held by the European Association ...
  • Implementation of Wireless TPS Sensors 

    Atkinson, David; Swanson, Greg; Schlee, Justin (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
    The initial development of a wireless TPS sensor system has proposed many inquiries to the requirements and benefits compared to the wired technology presently used for flight. The University of Idaho and NASA Ames have ...
  • High Temperature Sensors and Electronics for Venus Missions 

    Hunter, Gary W. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-21)
  • Titan Strawman Payload Options (including some from Titan Explorer and TandEM proposals) 

    Ball, Andrew J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-21)
  • Optimising the Landing Site Selection Process 

    Koenders, Roderik (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
    Selecting a landing site on another planetary body is not a trivial task. All the difficulties of getting there aside, most people perceive the start of the mission to be when the probe has safely touched down and is ...
  • Assessment of PWT Conditions for the STARDUST Post-Flight Evaluation 

    Herdrich, Georg; Roser, Hans-Peter; Fertig, Markus; Winter, Michael; Wernitz, Ricarda; Lohle, Stefan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-25)
    On January 15th 2006, the STARDUST capsule re-entered Earth's atmosphere after its almost seven year journey with a re-entry speed of 12.8 km/s. Due to the nature of the mission, no diagnostics for the re-entry phase ...
  • Opportunities and the Position of Space Sciences in the Developing Countries 

    Abubakar, Babagana (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
    Although the space program as a whole is a true reflection of the level of achievement in human history in the field of Science and Technology, but it is also important to note that there are numbers of communities and ...
  • Wireless Multinodal Thermal Protection System 

    Holmes, Brandy; Johnson, Chris; Atkinson, David; Pentzer, Jesse; Sochacki, John; Wells, Lucas (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
    A spacecraft entering an atmosphere must have a thermal protection system (TPS) able to withstand the extreme heat developed during entry. The entry environment is extremely difficult to model and analyze. To better ...
  • A Systematic Concept Exploration Methodology Applied to Venus In Situ Explorer 

    Hensley, Andrew; Schrage, Daniel; Retaureau, Ghislain J.; Lantoine, Gregory; Lafleur, Jarret M.; Hickman, Joseph; Kranzusch, Kara; Wilson, Marc (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
    A critical task in any design process is the initial conversion of customer or program objectives into a baseline system architecture. This task becomes particularly important for space exploration systems that have unique ...
  • Analysis of Temperature-Constrained Ballute Aerocapture for High-Mass Mars Payloads 

    Alexeenko, Alina A.; Longuski, James M.; Medlock, Kristin Gates (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-25)
    We investigate trajectories and heating environments of ballute-assisted, low- to high-mass Mars aerocapture systems. Ballutes permit aerocapture at higher altitudes and allow for lower thermal protection system (TPS) ...
  • Planetary Science Strategy for Technology Investment 

    McCuistion, Doug; Adams, Jim (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-23)
    Significant investment has been made in years past on advancing the state of the art of technology to meet the demands of future NASA missions and initiatives. Recently however, NASA's investment pool has dwindled forcing ...
  • Stratospheric Satellites in Thorpex 

    Heun, Matthew Kuperus (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-21)
    Stratospheric Satellites in Thorpex
  • Mass Advantage of Titan Aerocapture 

    Strange, Nathan; Bairstow, Sarah; Spilker, Thomas (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
    NASA's 2007 Titan Explorer study employed Titan aerocapture to place a spacecraft in orbit around Titan, while NASA's 2008 Titan / Saturn System Mission (TSSM) study enters Titan orbit propulsively. These two studies may ...
  • Antenna Elements Integrated into the Parachutes of Planetary Entry Probes 

    Corral van Damme, Carlos; van der Vorst, Maarten; Guidi, Rodolfo; Benolol, Simon (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-25)
    The canopy of the parachutes of planetary entry probes may be used to integrate elements of the antennas in charge of the communications with the orbiter spacecraft during the descent. The additional surface provided by ...
  • History of the Discovery of Lightning on Venus and Looking for its Origin 

    Ball, Andrew J.; Ksanfomality, Leonid V. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-23)
    Studies of the atmosphere of Venus identified several minor gaseous components whose origin could involve electrical discharges, which produce high pressure and temperature in the discharge stroke. Measurements made by ...
  • Proof of Concept of an Advanced Sun Photometer for Planetary Applications 

    Strawa, Anthony W.; Papadopoulos, Periklis; Brill, Richard John (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
    A lightweight, compact, highly reliable instrument designed to measure gas phase and particulate concentrations has been developed that is suitable for use in planetary environments. Current efforts have focused on validating ...
  • Aerocapture Technology Developments by the In-Space Propulsion Technology Program 

    Munk, Michelle Marie (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-26)
    This paper will explain the investment strategy, the role of detailed systems analysis, and the hardware and modeling developments that have resulted from the past 5 years of work under NASA's In-Space Propulsion Technology ...
  • SpaceX Dragon Re-Entry Vehicle: Aerodynamics and Aerothermodynamics with Application to Base Heat-Shield Design 

    Trevino, Loretta (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-26)
    The purpose of SpaceX is to improve the reliability and cost efficiency of access to space. The NASA COTS procurement provides the mechanism to accelerate the timing of human orbital transportation development. SpaceX's ...
  • Student Project: International Offset for Space - Offsets Enable Planetary Probe Technology Exchanges Internationally 

    Baklashov, Aleksey M.; Grady, J.; Papadopoulos, Periklis; Le, T. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
    Offset or industrial participation is a practice that is part of many large international transactions. In the event of a large international transaction involving the purchase of a product (e.g.: equipment or services), ...

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