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Experimental results for Titan aerobot thermo-mechanical subsystem development

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dc.contributor.author Hall, Jeffrey L.
dc.contributor.author Jones, J. A.
dc.contributor.author Kerzhanovich, V. V.
dc.contributor.author Lachenmeier, T.
dc.contributor.author Mahr, P.
dc.contributor.author Pauken, M.
dc.contributor.author Plett, G. A.
dc.contributor.author Smith, L.
dc.contributor.author Van Luvender, M. L.
dc.contributor.author Yavrouian, A. H.
dc.date.accessioned 2006-09-14T22:21:54Z
dc.date.available 2006-09-14T22:21:54Z
dc.date.issued 2006-07-16
dc.identifier.citation 36th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Beijing, China July 16-23, 2006. en
dc.identifier.clearanceno 36th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Beijing, China July 16-23, 2006.
dc.identifier.clearanceno 06-1870
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/39782
dc.description.abstract This paper describes experimental results from a development program focused in maturing Titan aerobot technology in the areas of mechanical and thermal subsystems. Results from four key activities are described: first, a cryogenic balloon materials development program involving coupon and cylinder tests and culminating in the fabrication and testing of an inflated 4.6 m long prototype blimp at 93 K; second, a combined lab experiment and numerical simulation effort to assess potential problems resulting from radioisotope thermal generator waste heat generation near an inflated blimp; third, an aerial deployment and inflation development program consisting of laboratory and helicopter drop tests on a near full scale (11 m long) prototype blimp; and fourth, a proof of concept experiment demonstrating the viability of using a mechanically steerable high gain antenna on a floating blimp to perform direct to Earth telecommunications from Titan. The paper provides details on all of these successful activities and discusses their impact on the overall effort to produce mature systems technology for future Titan aerobot missions en
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en
dc.format.extent 1565437 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2006. en
dc.subject aerobot en
dc.subject balloon en
dc.subject Titan en
dc.subject mobility en
dc.title Experimental results for Titan aerobot thermo-mechanical subsystem development en
dc.type Preprint en


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