Recent Submissions

  • Aerobraking Cost/Risk Decisions 

    Spencer, David A.; Tolson, Robert (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    Three missions have successfully used aerobraking to reduce the spacecraft orbit period and achieve the desired orbit geometry. A fourth, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, will employ aerobraking following its orbit insertion ...
  • Ground System for the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Mission Observatory Mission 

    Tann, Hun K.; Pages, Raymond J.; Silva, Christopher J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has recently completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) of a new dual Ka and S-band ground system for the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Mission. SDO, the flagship mission under ...
  • DIRE - Dactyl-Ida Rendezvous Experiment 

    Pengelly, Stan; Adams, J. Brian; Platt, Donald (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    The purpose of this paper is to discuss, at the system level, a theoretical spacecraft and mission named DIRE (Dactyl-Ida Rendezvous Experiment). The spacecraft will travel to the asteroid pair Dactyl and Ida, which is ...
  • Impactor Spacecraft Encounter Sequence Design for the Deep Impact Mission 

    Kubitschek, Daniel G. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    On July 4, 2005, another first in space exploration was achieved. NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft (s/c) released a small, 350 kg Impactor s/c designed to target comet Tempel 1, estimated to be 14 km x 5 km x 5 km in size ...
  • Deep Impact Comet Encounter: Design, Development and Operation of the Big Event at Tempel 1 

    Rocca, Jennifer; Wissler, Steven; Kubitschek, Daniel G. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    Deep Impact Comet Encounter was a mission to crash the Impactor spacecraft and its Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS) into Comet Tempel 1 and record the event via a Flyby spacecraft. The Deep Impact spacecrafts, Flyby and ...
  • Reconstruction of the Genesis Entry 

    Desai, Prasun N.; Aualls, Garry D.; Schoenenberger, Mark (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-11-10)
    An overview of the reconstruction analyses performed for the Genesis capsule entry is described. The results indicate that the actual entry prior to the drogue deployment failure was very close to the pre-entry predictions. ...