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    • Characterizing Exoplanet Atmospheres: A New Frontier 

      Swain, Mark (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-23)
      To answer the question: "Are we alone?"
    • NASA's Mars Exploration Program: The Evolving Next Decade 

      McCuistion, Doug (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-23)
      The current decade for NASA's Mars Exploration Program has been a remarkable success with the Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) orbiters, twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the Phoenix lander. These ...
    • Planetary Balloons: Invited Presentation for the Alvin Seiff Award 

      Blamont, Jacques (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-23)
      Scientific use of balloons provided in the 19th century the exploration of the Earth's atmosphere. The development at Minneapolis in the 1950s of polyethylene aerostats led tot he extensive use of these vehicles for ...
    • 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 ...
    • Planetary Probes: An ESA Perspective 

      Lebreton, Jean-Pierre (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-23)
      The on-going Cassini-Huygens science return at Titan demonstrates the great scientific complementarities between in situ measurements and remote sensing observations from an Orbiter. ESA is currently developing the Exomars ...
    • The Future of Space Exploration: Relevance, Return and Relationships 

      Hubbard, G. Scott (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-23)
      In this talk I will present my view of the future of space exploration. My premise is that there will be three driving forces that shape the future beyond the current commitment to the Constellation Program. The first force ...
    • 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 ...
    • An Overview of EDL Technology Investments in the NASA Fundamental Aeronautics Program 

      Alonso, Juan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-23)
      The Hypersonics and Supersonics Projects of the NASA Fundamental Aeronautics Program have as one of their two key applications the High Mass Mars Entry System (HMMES). As such, the two projects are pursuing fundamental ...
    • Miniature Probes for Planetary Atmospheric Exploration: Where Less Is More 

      Colaprete, Anthony (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-23)
    • Key Features of the Entry, Descent, and Landing Repository 

      Martinez, Elmain (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
      This poster will illustrate the key features of the Entry, Descent, and Landing Repository (EDL-R) web application. Features of keen interest, such as security, multiple search methods, the submission process, and automatic ...
    • Characterization of CO2 Plasma Free Stream Conditions for Atmospheric Entry Simulation 

      Eichhorn, Christoph; Herdrich, Georg; Fertig, Markus; Winter, Michael; Auweter-Kurtz, Monika; Lein, Sebastian (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
      Due to increased interest in future space exploration missions to Venus and Mars, e.g. ESA's ExoMars mission in the framework of the AURORA program, it is inevitable to develop adequate tools to simulate atmospheric entry ...
    • Historical Perspectives: Evolution of Recent Mars EDL Systems Development 

      Hines, Erisa K. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
      NASA's history of Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) -dependent missions has its share of success stories and failures, often both present in any given mission. This paper focuses on the success and failure stories as they ...
    • 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 ...
    • Autorotating Pararotor Decelerator Technology for Miniature Atmospheric Entry Probes 

      Howard, Austin (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
      Research has been conducted on the feasibility and modeling of a pararotor decelerator platform for atmospheric and planetary science as part of a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Idaho. The ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Introducing PESST: A Conceptual Design and Analysis Tool for Unguided/Guided EDL Systems 

      Otero, Richard; Grant, Michael; Steinfeldt, Brad; Braun, Robert D. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
      The Planetary Entry Systems and Synthesis Tool (PESST) has been under development at the Space Systems Design Laboratory (SSDL) for several years. This framework has the capability to estimate the performance and mass of ...
    • The Wirtanen Analysis and Surface Probe: Concept for a New Frontiers Comet Surface Sample Return Mission 

      Winfield, A.; Karpowicz, Bryan M.; Smith, B.; Miller, Charles; Masiero, J.; Block, K.; Wye, L.; Smith, Matthew; Lanza, N.; Byram, S.; Singer, S.; Balint, Tibor S. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
      As participants in NASA's 2007 Planetary Science Summer School, we have designed a New Frontiers class mission to extract a 0.5 kg surface sample from a cometary nucleus and return it to Earth. Comets contain primordial ...
    • Atromos: Mars Companion Mission, Mid Sized Polar Lander Investigation 

      Iskander, Ed; Hartman, Elsie; Ngo, Freddy; Lueng, Hingloi; Boronowsky, Kenny; Murbach, Marcus; Fernandez, Nelson; Pham, Nicholas; Papadopoulos, Periklis; Martinez, Ramon; Shah, Syed Ghazanfar (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
      The polar regions of Mars offer a rich environment to search for signs of life. The Atromos probe was designed with the intent of investigating this polar region for evidence of life and to take atmospheric data in the ...
    • 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 ...