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Mars Science Laboratory Cruise Propulsion Maneuvering OperationsMars Science Laboratory "Curiosity" is NASA's most recent mission to Mars, launched in November 2011, and landed in August 2012. It is a subcompact car-sized nuclear powered rover designed for a long duration mission, with an extensive suite of science instruments. Entry, descent and landing used a unique "skycrane" concept. This report describes the propulsive maneuvering operations during cruise from Earth to Mars, to control attitudes and to target the vehicle for entry. The propulsion subsystem, mission operations, and flight performance are discussed. All trajectory control maneuvers were well within accuracy requirements, and all turns and spin corrections were nominal.
Document ID
20130013986
Document Type
Other
External Source(s)
Authors
Baker, Raymond S.
Mizukami, Masahi
Barber, Todd J.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 2013
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Report/Patent Number
JPL-Publ-13-10
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS7-03001
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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