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Cassini Power During the 20 Year Mission and Until the Final Plunge into Saturn

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dc.contributor.author Grandidier, Jonathan
dc.contributor.author Woerner, David F.
dc.contributor.author Burk, Thomas A.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-21T00:22:14Z
dc.date.available 2020-04-21T00:22:14Z
dc.date.issued 2018-02-26
dc.identifier.citation 2018 Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS), Las Vegas, Nevada, February 26 - March 1, 2018 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 18-0377
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/47993
dc.description.abstract The NASA-ESA Cassini mission ended on September 15, 2017, after almost 20 years of operations. Electrical power telemetry data is presented for the entire mission from launch and End Of Mission (EOM). The Cassini spacecraft was powered by three Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) connected in parallel. These three RTGs generated 882.1 W at the beginning of the mission. At EOM, the power level was 600.3 W. The electrical output of Cassini’s power subsystem decayed consistently, as predicted, during the entire mission between October 1997 and September 2017. Further, no heating of the RTGs was reported in telemetry during the last minutes of the mission, nor was there any variance apparent in the final output of the three RTGs that is attributable to the final plunge into Saturn. 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, 2018 en_US
dc.title Cassini Power During the 20 Year Mission and Until the Final Plunge into Saturn en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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