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Implications of wind-assisted aerial navigation for Titan mission planning and science exploration

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dc.contributor.author Elfes, A.
dc.contributor.author Reh, K.
dc.contributor.author Beauchamp, P.
dc.contributor.author Fathpour, N.
dc.contributor.author Blackmore, L.
dc.contributor.author Newman, C.
dc.contributor.author Kuwata, Y.
dc.contributor.author Wolf, M.
dc.contributor.author Assad, C.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-09T17:42:03Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-09T17:42:03Z
dc.date.issued 2010-03-06
dc.identifier.citation 2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 6-13, 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 09-4534
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/45256
dc.description.abstract The work presented in this paper is based on aerodynamic models that characterize balloon performance at Titan, and on TitanWRF (Weather Research and Forecasting), a model that incorporates heat convection, circulation, radiation, Titan haze properties, Saturn’s tidal forcing, and other planetary phenomena. Our results show that a simple unpropelled montgolfière without horizontal actuation will be able to reach a broad array of science targets within the constraints of the wind field. The study also indicates that even a small amount of horizontal thrust allows the balloon to reach any area of interest on Titan, and to do so in a fraction of the time needed by the unpropelled balloon. The results show that using the Titan wind field allows an aerobot to significantly extend its scientific reach, and that a montgolfière (unpropelled or propelled) is a highly desirable architecture that can very significantly enhance the scientific return of a future Titan mission. 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.subject aerobot en_US
dc.title Implications of wind-assisted aerial navigation for Titan mission planning and science exploration en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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