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VESAT: The Venus Environmental Satellite Discovery Mission

Show simple item record Baines, K. en_US Carlson, R. en_US Crisp, D. en_US Schofield, J. en_US Bezard, B. en_US Bergh, C. de en_US Drossart, P. en_US Delamere, W. en_US Fegley, B. en_US Smith, W. en_US Limaye, S. en_US Russell, C. en_US Schubert, G. en_US Calcutt, S. en_US Taylor, F. en_US 2004-10-05T05:36:48Z 2004-10-05T05:36:48Z 1994
dc.identifier.clearanceno 94-1209
dc.description.abstract The Venus Environmental Satellite (VESAT) is being developed by JPL, Ball Aerospace, the University of Wisconsin, and Oxford University as an inexpensive but effective means of assessing numerous and interrelated dynamical and chemical processes within the deep atmosphere of Venus. Utilizing a small array of remote-sensing instruments designed to take advantage of several unique characteristics of this alien environment, VESAT daily acquires quantitative three-dimensional global maps of Venus in key environmental field parameters such as windfields, atmosphere/surface temperature fields, and trace gas abundances. VESAT utilizes a 45-degree inclined, 30,000-km altitude circular orbit to achieve consistent, regular coverage of the entire globe with minimal day-to-day variations in spacecraft operations, allowing uplink/downlink operations to be conducted effectively and inexpensively in a university setting. An integrated hardware procurement approach, wherein a single contractor is responsible for the design, manufacture, and integration of the entire spacecraft, including the instrument payload, enables significant savings in spacecraft/payload cost and schedule. en_US
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dc.subject.other VESAT Venus Environmental Satellite en_US
dc.title VESAT: The Venus Environmental Satellite Discovery Mission en_US

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