• 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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. ...
    • Multi-Mission Earth Entry Vehicle Design Trade Space and Concept Development Strategy 

      Maddock, Robert (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-26)
      In recent years the sample return mission concept has gradually grown increased favor over in-situ missions. The successes of the Stardust and Genesis missions have clearly highlighted the advantages of bringing samples ...
    • Overview of the Mars Sample Return Earth Entry Vehicle 

      Corliss, James; Dillman, Robert (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-26)
      NASA's Mars Sample Return (MSR) project will bring Mars surface and atmosphere samples back to Earth for detailed examination. Langley Research Center's MSR Earth Entry Vehicle (EEV) is a core part of the mission, protecting ...
    • The Phoenix Mars Landing: An Initial Look 

      Cichy, Benjamin D.; Eldred, Daniel B.; Skulsky, Eli D.; Queen, Eric M.; Bailey, Erik S.; Chase, James P.; Prince, Jill L.; Lisano, Michael E.; Grover, Myron R.; Laufer, Paul E.; Desai, Prasun N. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-25)
      NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will make a landing on Mars on May 25th, 2008. Following on from the overview of the Phoenix entry, descent and landing (EDL) system given at IPPW5, an initial look at the Phoenix landing will ...
    • The Program to Advance Inflatable Decelerators for Atmospheric Entry (PAIDAE): An Overview of Results and Lessons Learned from Years 1 and 2 

      Player, Charles (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-06-26)
      The Program to Advance Inflatable Decelerators for Atmospheric Entry (PAIDAE) is jointly funded by NASA's Fundamental Aeronautics Supersonics and Hypersonics Projects. The purpose of PAIDAE is to engage in the research, ...