Concept options for the aerial survey of Titan

@article{Dorrington2011ConceptOF,
  title={Concept options for the aerial survey of Titan},
  author={G. Dorrington},
  journal={Advances in Space Research},
  year={2011},
  volume={47},
  pages={1-19}
}
  • G. Dorrington
  • Published 2011
  • Environmental Science
  • Advances in Space Research
Various aerial platforms intended for long endurance survey of the Titan surface are presented. A few novel concepts are introduced, including a heated methane balloon and a balloon with a tethered wind turbine. All the concept options are predicted to have lower scientific payload fractions than the Huygens probe. It is concluded that the selection of the best aerial platform option depends on more accurate mass estimates and a clear decision on whether, or not, in situ surface composition… Expand
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