Venus Aerobot Multisonde Mission
- Cameron, Jonathan
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- 1 electronic document
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- Cutts, James A., Hall, Jeffery L., Gershaman, Robert, Balaram, J. Bob, Kerzhanovich, Viktor, Greeley, Ronald, Hansen, David M., Campbell, Bruce, and Klaasen, Kenneth
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- Robotic exploration of Venus presents many challenges because of the thick atmosphere and the high surface temperatures. The Venus Aerobot Multisonde mission concept addresses these challenges by using a robotic balloon or aerobot to deploy a number of short lifetime probes or sondes to acquire images of the surface. A Venus aerobot is not only a good platform for precision deployment of sondes but is very effective at recovering high rate data. This paper describes the Venus Aerobot Multisonde concept and discusses a proposal to NASA's Discovery program using the concept for a Venus Exploration of Volcanoes and Atmosphere (VEVA). The status of the balloon deployment and inflation, balloon envelope, communications, thermal control and sonde deployment technologies are also reviewed.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20000052454.
AIAA Balloon Technology Conference; 1999; United States.
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