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Comet rendezvous mission design using Solar Electric PropulsionA dual comet (Halley Flyby/Tempel 2 Rendezvous) mission, which is planned to be the first to use the Solar Electric Propulsion System (SEPS), is to be launched in 1985. The purpose of this paper is to describe how the mission design attempts to maximize science return while working within spacecraft and other constraints. Science requirements and desires are outlined and specific instruments are considered. Emphasis is on the strategy for operations in the vicinity of Tempel 2, for which a representative profile is described. The mission is planned to extend about one year past initial rendezvous. Because of the large uncertainty in the comet environment the Tempel 2 operations strategy must be highly adaptive.
Document ID
19790063198
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Sackett, L. L. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Hastrup, R. C. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Yen, C.-W. L. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Wood, L. J. (California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mission Design Section, Pasadena Calif., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1979
Subject Category
ASTRONAUTICS (GENERAL)
Report/Patent Number
AAS PAPER 79-117
Meeting Information
American Astronautical Society and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Astrodynamics Specialist Conference(Provincetown, MA)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS7-100
Distribution Limits
Public
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