Int. J. of Space Science and Engineering   »   2018 Vol.5, No.1

 

 

Title: Saturn ice ring exploration network mission platform

 

Authors: Eric M. Shear; John E. Moores

 

Addresses:
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada
Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science (CRESS), York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada

 

Abstract: SIREN is a proposed mission concept that would demonstrate the use of small spacecraft at the rings of Saturn to quantify the ring environment and study the composition and dynamics of the ring particles. Many existing small spacecraft technologies are leveraged to make this mission possible. SIREN consists of several daughtercraft deployed from and networked to a mothership in hover-orbit over the ring plane. The mothership is based on the Saturn Ring Observer spacecraft (Nicholson et al., 2010). This paper details the mission objectives, the science requirements, the overall mission design and the science payloads of the daughtercraft.

 

Keywords: CubeSats; spacecraft networks; small spacecraft; Saturn; rings; planetary science.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJSPACESE.2018.10011643

 

Int. J. of Space Science and Engineering, 2018 Vol.5, No.1, pp.16 - 42

 

Submission date: 05 Jul 2017
Date of acceptance: 13 Oct 2017
Available online: 12 Mar 2018

 

 

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