• Aerocapture Mission Concepts for Titan and Venus Exploration 

      Munk, Michelle Marie; Spilker, Thomas (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
      Aerocapture has been studied for decades as a mass-efficient way to deliver orbiting spacecraft to planets or moons that have atmospheres. NASA's In-Space Propulsion Technology (ISPT) program sponsored detailed studies ...
    • Mars Entry Atmospheric Data System (MEADS) Requirements and Design for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) 

      Novak, Frank; Hutchinson, Mark; Mitchell, Michael; Munk, Michelle Marie; Parker, Peter (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-25)
      Each vehicle that lands on Mars provides a unique opportunity to study the atmospheric entry environment. Taking measurements of this environment will enable a better understanding of vehicle performance and design margins. ...
    • Research Activities on Venus Atmosphere Balloon Observation Mission 

      Takeuchi, Hiroshi; Fujita, Kazuhisa; Hirose, Kazuyuki; Tanaka, Koji; Izutsu, Naoki; Ishii, Nobuaki; Yamada, Tetsuya (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-24)
      A feasibility study of the small Venus entry capsule and the scientific observation by the water-vapor balloon are described in this paper. Though Venus is the nearest planet to the Earth, it is still filled with mysteries ...
    • 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, ...