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2011 Mars Science Laboratory trajectory reconstruction and performance from launch through landing

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dc.contributor.author Abilleira, Fernando
dc.date.accessioned 2013-12-11T00:27:37Z
dc.date.available 2013-12-11T00:27:37Z
dc.date.issued 2013-02-10
dc.identifier.citation 23rd AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting, Kauai, Hawaii, February 10-14 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 13-0852
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/44069
dc.description.abstract The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission successfully launched on an Atlas V 541 Expendable Evolved Launch Vehicle (EELV) from the Eastern Test Range (ETR) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida at 15:02:00 UTC on November 26th, 2011. At 15:52:06 UTC, six minutes after the MSL spacecraft separated from the Centaur upper stage, the spacecraft transmitter was turned on and in less than 20 s spacecraft carrier lock was achieved at the Universal Space Network (USN) Dongara tracking station located in Western Australia. MSL, carrying the most sophisticated rover ever sent to Mars, entered the Martian atmosphere at 05:10:46 SpaceCraft Event Time (SCET) UTC, and landed inside Gale Crater at 05:17:57 SCET UTC on August 6th, 2012. Confirmation of nominal landing was received at the Deep Space Network (DSN) Canberra tracking station via the Mars Odyssey relay spacecraft at 05:31:45 Earth Received Time (ERT) UTC. This paper summarizes in detail the actual vs. predicted trajectory performance in terms of launch vehicle events, launch vehicle injection performance, actual DSN/USN spacecraft lockup, trajectory correction maneuver performance, Entry, Descent, and Landing events, and overall trajectory and geometry characteristics. 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, 2013 en_US
dc.subject Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) en_US
dc.subject Curiosity en_US
dc.subject trajectory en_US
dc.subject Entry, Decent, and Landing (EDL) en_US
dc.subject launch vehicle en_US
dc.subject mission performance en_US
dc.subject mission design en_US
dc.title 2011 Mars Science Laboratory trajectory reconstruction and performance from launch through landing en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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