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Environmental Verification of NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission

Show simple item record Man, Kin Fung 2021-10-12T17:51:05Z 2021-10-12T17:51:05Z 2020-04-20
dc.identifier.citation 17th International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction and Operations in Challenging Environments (ASCE Earth and Space 2020 Conference: Engineering for Extreme Environments), Seattle, Washington, April 20-23, 2020
dc.identifier.clearanceno CL#20-0643
dc.description.abstract NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and its partner are planning a mission to explore an icy moon of Jupiter, Europa. The objective of the planned Europa Clipper mission is to gain insight into the key ingredients for this potentially habitable world. This mission will conduct investigations using a suite of remote sensing and in-situ fields and particles instruments, and a two-channel ice-penetrating radar. Among its science objectives are to produce high-resolution images of Europa's surface, determine its composition, look for signs of recent or ongoing activity, measure the thickness of the ice shell, search for subsurface lakes, and determine the depth and salinity of Europa's ocean. Europa Clipper is expected to encounter very challenging environments. These environments include radiation, dynamics, thermal, and electromagnetics, which have been translated into a set of environmental requirements that are levied onto the Europa Clipper flight system design. This paper describes how the environmental requirements are specified and verified for each flight component and at which level of integration. A couple of examples will be provided to illustrate the process by which a comprehensive set of verification activities is specified and performed for individual subsystems and instruments to ensure mission success.
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2020
dc.title Environmental Verification of NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission
dc.type Preprint

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