• Arc-Jet Simulations of Ablators for the Mars Science Laboratory Program 

      Tang, Chun; White, Todd Richard (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-25)
      The NASA Ames team working with the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) project has recently been involved in arc-jet tests to characterize the material response of candidate ablators to the high heat flux and high shear stress ...
    • Physical & Computational Modeling of Heat Transfer for Titan Montgolfiere Balloons 

      Appeloe, Daniel; Nott, Julian; Colonius, Tim (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
      Saturn's moon, Titan, is attracting intense scientific interest, leading in turn to wide interest in exploring it with Aerobots, balloons or airships. Their function would be similar to Mars Rovers but instead of moving ...
    • Post-flight Aerothermal Analysis of the Stardust Sample Return Capsule 

      Cozmuta, Ioana; Trumble, Kerry; Jenniskens, Peter; Sepka, Steve (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
      The Stardust Sample Return Capsule (SRC) was launched in February 1999 on a mission to retrieve samples of interstellar dust from the tail of comet WILD-2. Stardust returned to Earth in January 2006 entering the atmosphere ...
    • Summary of Ultralightweight Ballute Technology Advances 

      Masciarelli, Jim; Miller, Kevin L.; Rohrschneider, Reuben (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-26)
      Ultralightweight ballutes offer the potential to provide the deceleration for entry and aerocapture missions at a fraction of the mass of traditional methods. A team consisting of Ball Aerospace, ILC Dover, NASA Langley, ...