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Navigational challenges for a Europa flyby mission

Show simple item record Martin-Mur, Tomas J. Ionasescu, Rodica Valerino, Powtawche Criddle, Kevin Roncoli, Ralph 2016-04-13T17:32:02Z 2016-04-13T17:32:02Z 2014-05-05
dc.identifier.citation 24th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics, Laurel, Maryland, May 5-9, 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 14-1598
dc.description.abstract Jupiter’s moon Europa is a prime candidate in the search for present-day habitable environments outside of the Earth. A number of missions have provided increasingly detailed images of the complex surface of Europa, including the Galileo mission, which also carried instruments that allowed for a limited investigation of the environment of Europa. A new mission to Europa is needed to pursue these exciting discoveries using close-up observations with modern instrumentation designed to address the habitability of Europa. In all likelihood the most cost effective way of doing this would be with a spacecraft carrying a comprehensive suite of instruments and performing multiple flybys of Europa. A number of notional trajectory designs have been investigated, utilizing gravity assists from other Galilean moons to decrease the period of the orbit and shape it in order to provide a globally distributed coverage of different regions of Europa. Navigation analyses are being performed on these candidate trajectories to assess the total ΔV that would be needed to complete the mission, to study how accurately the flybys could be executed, and to determine which assumptions most significantly affect the performance of the navigation system. 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, 2014 en_US
dc.subject Navigation en_US
dc.subject tour en_US
dc.title Navigational challenges for a Europa flyby mission en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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