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Aerobraking the Magellan Spacecraft in Venus Orbit

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dc.contributor.author Doody, D. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2004-10-05T21:46:14Z
dc.date.available 2004-10-05T21:46:14Z
dc.date.issued 1994-04-12 en_US
dc.identifier.citation APL?????? en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 94-0546 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/33815
dc.description.abstract A spacecraft which was not designed for atmospheric entry was successfully flown in the sensible atmosphere of Venus during the periapsis passes of more than 700 orbits, thus becoming the first spacecraft to demonstrate the use of aerobraking to significantly alter the shape of its orbit at another planet. This experimental operation utilized the force imparted by atmospheric drag near periapsis to reduce the altitude of apoapsis by nearly 8000 km using little propellant. A description of the Magellan spacecraft is briefly reviewed; its configuration and operation during aerobraking is discussed, as are its behavior in the atmosphere, concerns for possible damage, the resulting orbit, and the unique demands placed on the spacecraft controllers and JPL's Deep Space Network tracking facility (DSN), during the aerobraking operation. en_US
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject.other Magellan Venus aerobraking en_US
dc.title Aerobraking the Magellan Spacecraft in Venus Orbit en_US


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