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Venus Mobile Explorer with RPS for active cooling: a feasibility study

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dc.contributor.author Leifer, Stephanie D.
dc.contributor.author Green, Jacklyn R.
dc.contributor.author Balint, Tibor S.
dc.contributor.author Manvi, Ram
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-17T20:28:34Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-17T20:28:34Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03-07
dc.identifier.citation IEEE 2009 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 7-14, 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 08-4278
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/44872
dc.description.abstract We present our findings from a study to evaluate the feasibility of a radioisotope power system (RPS) combined with active cooling to enable a long-duration Venus surface mission. On-board power with active cooling technology featured prominently in both the National Research Council’s Decadal Survey and in the 2006 NASA Solar System Exploration Roadmap as mission-enabling for the exploration of Venus. Power and cooling system options were reviewed and the most promising concepts modeled to develop an assessment tool for Venus mission planners considering a variety of future potential missions to Venus, including a Venus Mobile Explorer (either a balloon or rover concept), a long-lived Venus static lander, or a Venus Geophysical Network. The concepts modeled were based on the integration of General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) modules with different types of Stirling cycle heat engines for power and cooling. Unlike prior investigations which reported on single point design concepts, this assessment tool allows the user to generate either a point design or parametric curves of approximate power and cooling system mass, power level, and number of GPHS modules needed for a “black box” payload housed in a spherical pressure vessel. 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, 2009 en_US
dc.title Venus Mobile Explorer with RPS for active cooling: a feasibility study en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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