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To Pluto by way of a postage stamp
Author and Affiliation:
Staehle, Robert L.(Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, United States);
Terrile, Richard J.(Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, United States);
Weinstein, Stacy S.(Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, United States)
Abstract: In this time of constrained budgets, the primary question facing planetary explorers is not 'Can we do it?' but 'Can we do it cheaply?' Taunted by words on a postage stamp, a group of mission designers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is struggling to find a cheap way to go to Pluto. Three primary goals were set by the science community: (1) imaging of Pluto and Charon, (2) mapping their surface composition, and (3) characterizing Pluto's atmosphere. The spacecraft will be designed around these primary goals. With the help of the Advanced Technology Insertion (ATI) process $5 million was alloted for two years to shop for lightweight components and subsystems using new technology never tried on a planetary mission. The process for this search and development is described.
Publication Date: Oct 01, 1994
Document ID:
19950056267
(Acquired Dec 28, 1995)
Accession Number: 95A87866
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Document Type: Journal Article
Publication Information: Planetary Report (ISSN 0736-3680); 14; 5; p. 4-11
Publisher Information: United States
Organization Source: NASA; Washington, DC, United States
Description: 8p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: BUDGETING; COSTS; ECONOMY; MISSION PLANNING; PLUTO (PLANET); SPACE EXPLORATION; SPACECRAFT DESIGN; EXPERIMENT DESIGN; OPERATIONS RESEARCH; PAYLOADS; PLANETARY COMPOSITION; STRUCTURAL WEIGHT; WEIGHT REDUCTION
Imprint And Other Notes: Planetary Report vol. 14, no. 5 p. 4-11 September/October 1994
Availability Source: Other Sources
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