Tensegrity Based Probes for Planetary Exploration : Entry , Descent and Landing ( Edl ) and Surface Mobility Analysis

@inproceedings{SunSpiral2013TensegrityBP,
  title={Tensegrity Based Probes for Planetary Exploration : Entry , Descent and Landing ( Edl ) and Surface Mobility Analysis},
  author={Vytas SunSpiral and George Gorospe and Jonathan Bruce and Atil Iscen and George Korbel and Sophie Milam and Adrian K. Agogino and David Atkinson},
  year={2013}
}
In this paper we evaluate tensegrity probes on the basis of the EDL phase performance of the probe in the context of a mission to Titan. Tensegrity probes are structurally designed around tension networks and are composed of tensile and compression elements. Such probes have unique physical force distribution properties and can be both landing and mobility platforms, allowing for dramatically simpler mission profile and reduced costs. Our concept is to develop a tensegrity probe in which the… CONTINUE READING
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