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Heatshields for Aerogravity Assist Vehicles Whose Deceleration at Titan Saves Mass for Future Flagship Class Exploration of Enceladus

Whitepaper #382 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: ocean worlds; other planetary bodies: Enceladus; technology development

Published onMar 18, 2021
Heatshields for Aerogravity Assist Vehicles Whose Deceleration at Titan Saves Mass for Future Flagship Class Exploration of Enceladus

This paper reports the feasibility of using mature heatshield materials for an aerogravity assist (AGA) vehicle whose deceleration in Titan’s atmosphere is a mass-saving enabler for nine different Enceladus missions (T. Spilker et al., 2009). A geometry for the Titan AGA vehicle is recommended and flow simulations on this shape are presented.


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