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Planetary Landers and Entry Probes

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ISBN-10: 0521820022

ISBN-13: 9780521820028

Edition: 2007

Authors: Andrew Ball, Ralph Lorenz, Viktor Kerzhanovich, James Garry

List price: $214.99
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This book provides a concise but broad overview of the engineering, science and flight history of planetary landers and atmospheric entry probes designed to explore the atmospheres and surfaces of other planets. It covers engineering aspects specific to such vehicles which are not usually treated in traditional spacecraft engineering texts. Examples are drawn from over thirty different lander and entry probe designs that have been used for lunar and planetary missions since the early 1960s. The authors provide detailed illustrations of many vehicle designs from different international space programs, and give basic information on their missions and payloads, irrespective of the mission's…    
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Book details

List price: $214.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/10/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 362
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Engineering Issues Specific to Entry Probes, Landers or Penetrators
Mission goals and system engineering
Accomodation, launch, cruise and arrival from orbit or interplanetary trajectory
Entering atmospheres
Descent through an atmosphere
Descent to an airless body
Planetary balloons, aircraft, submarines and cryobots
Arrival at a surface
Thermal control of landers and entry probes
Power systems
Communication and tracking of entry probes
Radiation environment
Surface activities: arms, drills, moles and mobility
Contamination of spacecraft and planets
Previous Atmosphere/Surface Vehicles and Their Payloads
Destructive impact probes
Atmospheric entry probes
Pod landers
Legged landers
Payload delivery penetrators
Small body surface missions
'Case Studies'
Surveyor landers
Galileo probe
Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner
Deep Space 2 Mars microprobes
Rosetta lander Philae
Mars exploration rovers: Spirit and Opportunity
Appendix: Some key parameters for bodies in the Solar System
List of acronyms