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Genesis failure investigation report

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dc.date.accessioned 2008-02-19T18:37:10Z
dc.date.available 2008-02-19T18:37:10Z
dc.date.issued 2004-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/40699
dc.description.abstract On January 7, 2001, the Genesis spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral. Its mission was to collect solar wind samples and return those samples to Earth for detailed analysis by scientists. The mission proceeded successfully for three-and-a-half years. On September 8, 2004, the spacecraft approached Earth, pointed the Sample Return Capsule (SRC) at its entry target, and then fired pyros that jettisoned the SRC. The SRC carried the valuable samples collected over the prior 29 months. The SRC also contained the requisite hardware (mechanisms, parachutes, and electronics) to manage the process of entry, descent, and landing (EDL). After entering Earth’s atmosphere, the SRC was expected to open a drogue parachute. This should have been followed by a pyro event to release the drogue chute, and then by a pyro event to deploy the main parachute at an approximate elevation of 6.7 kilometers. As the SRC descended to the Utah landing site, helicopters were in position to capture the SRC before the capsule touched down. On September 8, 2004, observers of the SRC’s triumphant return became concerned as the NASA announcer fell silent, and then became even more alarmed as they watched the spacecraft tumble as it streaked across the sky. Long-distance cameras clearly showed that the drogue parachute had not deployed properly. en
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en
dc.format.extent 140223300 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries JPL Publication en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2005-2 en
dc.subject Genesis en
dc.subject failure study en
dc.subject Sample Return Capsule (SRC) en
dc.subject fault catagories en
dc.title Genesis failure investigation report en
dc.type Technical Report en


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