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Rotary Wing Deceleration Use on Titan
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Author and Affiliation:
Young, Larry A.(NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States);
Steiner, Ted J.(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Cambridge, MA, United States)
Abstract: Rotary wing decelerator (RWD) systems were compared against other methods of atmospheric deceleration and were determined to show significant potential for application to a system requiring controlled descent, low-velocity landing, and atmospheric research capability on Titan. Design space exploration and down-selection results in a system with a single rotor utilizing cyclic pitch control. Models were developed for selection of a RWD descent system for use on Titan and to determine the relationships between the key design parameters of such a system and the time of descent. The possibility of extracting power from the system during descent was also investigated.
Publication Date: Jun 06, 2011
Document ID:
20120011830
(Acquired Jul 25, 2012)
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION
Report/Patent Number: ARC-E-DAA-TN3638
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: 8th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW-8); 6-10 Jun. 2011; Portsmouth, VA; United States
Meeting Sponsor: National Inst. of Aerospace; Hampton, VA, United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Organization Source: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Description: 7p; In English; Original contains color and black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: BRAKES (FOR ARRESTING MOTION); DECELERATION; ROTARY WINGS; TITAN; DESCENT; SPACECRAFT LANDING; TITAN ATMOSPHERE; ATMOSPHERIC DENSITY; TROPOSPHERE; LOW COST; ELECTRIC GENERATORS; TIME DEPENDENCE; MARS (PLANET); VENUS (PLANET); EARTH (PLANET)
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