Saturn ice ring exploration network mission platform Online publication date: Mon, 12-Mar-2018
by Eric M. Shear; John E. Moores
International Journal of Space Science and Engineering (IJSPACESE), Vol. 5, No. 1, 2018
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.
Online publication date: Mon, 12-Mar-2018
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