NTRS - NASA Technical Reports Server
management experience of an international venture in space the ulysses missionThe management of the Ulysses project, a probe which will fly a solar polar orbit, is described. The 5-yr mission will feature a flyby of Jupiter to deflect the spacecraft into a high-inclination orbit. Data on the solar corona, solar wind, the sun-wind interface, the heliospheric magnetic field, solar and nonsolar cosmic rays, etc., will be gathered as a function of the solar latitude. NASA will track and control the probe with the Deep Space Network. JPL provides project management for NASA while the Directorate of Scientific Programs performs ESA management functions. The DOE will provide a radioisotope thermoelectric generator while NASA and ESA each supply half the scientific payload. A NASA-ESA Joint Working Group meets about twice per year to monitor the project and discuss the technical and scientific requirements. Safety issues and measures which are being addressed due to the presence of the Pu-238 heat source for the RTG are discussed.
Yoshida, Ronald Y. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States) Meeks, Willis G. (California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, United States)
August 13, 2013
January 1, 1986