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Touring the Saturnian system
Author(s): Aron A. Wolf
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Paper Abstract

The Cassini mission to Saturn employs a Saturn orbiter and a Titan probe to conduct an intensive investigation of the Saturnian system. The Cassini orbiter flies a series of obits, incorporating flybys of the Saturnian satellites, called the 'satellite tour'. During the tour, the gravitational fields of the satellites are used to modify and control the orbit, targeting from one satellite flyby to the next. The tour trajectory must also be designed to maximize opportunities for science observations, subject to mission-imposed constraints. Tour design studies have been conducted for Cassini to identify trades and strategies for achieving these sometimes conflicting goals. Concepts, strategies, and techniques previously developed for the Galileo mission to Jupiter have been modified, and new ones have been developed, to meet the requirements of the Cassini mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 1996
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2803, Cassini/Huygens: A Mission to the Saturnian Systems, (7 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.253431
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Aron A. Wolf, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2803:
Cassini/Huygens: A Mission to the Saturnian Systems
Linda Horn, Editor(s)

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