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Flight Path Control Design for the Cassini Solstice MissionThe Cassini spacecraft has been in orbit around Saturn for just over 7 years, with a planned 7-year extension, called the Solstice Mission, which started on September 27, 2010. The Solstice Mission includes 205 maneuvers and 70 flybys which consist of the moons Titan, Enceladus, Dione, and Rhea. This mission is designed to use all available propellant with a statistical margin averaging 0.6 m/s per encounter, and the work done to prove and ensure the viability of this margin is highlighted in this paper.
Document ID
20150006806
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Ballard, Christopher G. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Ionasescu, Rodica (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
April 27, 2015
Publication Date
August 1, 2011
Subject Category
Astrodynamics
Report/Patent Number
AAS 11-530
Meeting Information
AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference(Girdwood, AK)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
Solstice Mission
Equinox Mission
Saturn observation mission
maneuver analysis