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Exploring Europa with a surface lander powered by a small radioisotope power system (RPS).

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dc.contributor.author Abelson, Robert D.
dc.contributor.author Shirley, James H.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-12T19:21:42Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-12T19:21:42Z
dc.date.issued 2005-02-13
dc.identifier.citation Space Technology and Application International Forum (STAIF-2005), Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 13-17, 2005. en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 04-2862
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/41029
dc.description.abstract This paper describes a conceptual landed mission to the Jovian satellite Europa using a small RPS powered lander that would ride piggyback on the proposed Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO). This mission study was performed to assess the feasibility of landing a realistic science driven payload using a conceptual small radioisotope power system (US) to provide electrical and thermal power during the extended duration cruise phase (up to 13 years) and the nominal 30 day surface science mission. This paper includes individual sections that describe the key science goals, the mission architecture, and the conceptual design of the Europa Lander Mission (ELM) spacecraft. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2005. en_US
dc.subject Europa en_US
dc.subject lander en_US
dc.subject missions en_US
dc.subject radioisotope power system (RPS) en_US
dc.subject Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO). en_US
dc.subject radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG)
dc.title Exploring Europa with a surface lander powered by a small radioisotope power system (RPS). en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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