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Estimation and modeling of Enceladus plume jet density using reaction wheel control data

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dc.contributor.author Lee, Allan Y.
dc.contributor.author Wang, Eric K.
dc.contributor.author Pilinski, Emily B.
dc.contributor.author Macala, Glenn A.
dc.contributor.author Feldman, Antonette
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-22T16:42:38Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-22T16:42:38Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08-02
dc.identifier.citation AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2010, Toronto, Ontario, August 2-5, 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 10-2579
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/45124
dc.description.abstract The Cassini spacecraft was launched on October 15, 1997 by a Titan 4B launch vehicle. After an interplanetary cruise of almost seven years, it arrived at Saturn on June 30, 2004. In 2005, Cassini completed three flybys of Enceladus, a small, icy satellite of Saturn. Observations made during these flybys confirmed the existence of a water vapor plume in the south polar region of Enceladus. Five additional low-altitude flybys of Enceladus were successfully executed in 2008-9 to better characterize these watery plumes. The first of these flybys was the 50-km Enceladus-3 (E3) flyby executed on March 12, 2008. During the E3 flyby, the spacecraft attitude was controlled by a set of three reaction wheels. During the flyby, multiple plume jets imparted disturbance torque on the spacecraft resulting in small but visible attitude control errors. Using the known and unique transfer function between the disturbance torque and the attitude control error, the collected attitude control error telemetry could be used to estimate the disturbance torque. The effectiveness of this methodology is confirmed using the E3 telemetry data. Given good estimates of spacecraft’s projected area, center of pressure location, and spacecraft velocity, the time history of the Enceladus plume density is reconstructed accordingly. The 1σ uncertainty of the estimated density is 7.7%. Next, we modeled the density due to each plume jet as a function of both the radial and angular distances of the spacecraft from the plume source. We also conjecture that the total plume density experienced by the spacecraft is the sum of the component plume densities. By comparing the time history of the reconstructed E3 plume density with that predicted by the plume model, values of the plume model parameters are determined. Results obtained are compared with those determined by other Cassini science instruments. 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, 2010 en_US
dc.title Estimation and modeling of Enceladus plume jet density using reaction wheel control data en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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