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Single-event drag modulated aerocapture at Venus for a small satellite science mission

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Single-event drag modulated aerocapture at Venus for a small satellite science mission
Ames will perform a concept study in fall to formulate a baseline mission. ARC will then conduct trajectory analyses to define the entry environments. This will feed into TPS analysis, CFD simulations exploring the separation dynamics of the drag modulation event, and the mechanical design of a feasible vehicle. Ballistic range models reflecting this vehicle configuration will be designed and fabricated. In year 2, a ballistic range test will be executed to verify that the transition event is aerodynamically stable and validate the CFD predictions. Results from this CIF and the parallel work at JPL and CU-Boulder will likely result in sounding rocket flight test that can lead to a mission proposal for a small (~100 kg) secondary payload, Venus science mission. More »

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