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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Aerobraking Daily Operations and Collision AvoidanceThe Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reached Mars on March 10, 2006 and performed a Mars orbit insertion maneuver of 1 km/s to enter into a large elliptical orbit. Three weeks later, aerobraking operations began and lasted about five months. Aerobraking utilized the atmospheric drag to reduce the large elliptical orbit into a smaller, near circular orbit. At the time of MRO aerobraking, there were three other operational spacecraft orbiting Mars and the navigation team had to minimize the possibility of a collision. This paper describes the daily operations of the MRO navigation team during this time as well as the collision avoidance strategy development and implementation.
Document ID
20080012690
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Long, Stacia M. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
You, Tung-Han (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Halsell, C. Allen (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Bhat, Ramachand S. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Demcak, Stuart W. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Graat, Eric J. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Higa, Earl S. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Highsmith, Dolan E. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Mottinger, Neil A. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Jah, Moriba K. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
September 24, 2007
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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