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Solar-powered Europa Orbiter design study (2007)

Show simple item record Elliott, John Langmaier, Jerry Pappalardo, Robert Strange, Nathan Spilker, Tom Lock, Rob Reh, Kim 2008-03-12T23:03:59Z 2008-03-12T23:03:59Z 2008-01
dc.description.abstract The feasibility of implementing a solar-powered mission around Europa has been evaluated periodically over the last decade. Most recently, an assessment was performed as part of the 2006 Europa Explorer (EE) Study, which evaluated the practicality of implementing that mission design with large solar arrays instead of radioisotope power systems (RPS). This previous study went into some depth in considering the issues related to the use of solar arrays in the Europa orbit illumination and radiation environment. The study concluded that an all-solar option was impractical to meet the science objectives as defined in that study by the science team. This conclusion resulted from the prohibitive mass, packaging and articulation issues associated with the very large (~300 m2) solar arrays required to accommodate frequent eclipse periods associated with the particular Europa orbit used. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Insitute of Technology, 2008 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries JPL Publication en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 08-02 en_US
dc.subject Europa en_US
dc.subject solar powered missions en_US
dc.subject Europa Explorer en_US
dc.subject solar arrays en_US
dc.title Solar-powered Europa Orbiter design study (2007) en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US

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