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Rapid Mission Concept Development at the 2019 Caltech Space Challenge: A Small Lander Network Studying the Habitability of Enceladus

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posted on 14.07.2020, 10:40 by Kelsey Doerksen, Katiyayni Balachandran, Paolo Cappuccio, Julia Di, Jared Fuchs, Alessia Gloder, Rebecca Jolitz, Monica Li, Dan Limonchik, Lotfi Massarweh, Atila Meszaros, Daniel Naftalovich, Erica Nathan, Thomas Peev, Marc Rovira-Navarro, Shreya Santra
The 2019 Caltech Space Challenge was a one-week intensive mission proposal challenge that brought an international group of 32 post-secondary students from various disciplines to design multi-lander mission concepts for Enceladus.The students were divided intotwo competing teams of 16, Team Voyager and Team Explorer. In this paper, Team Voyager describes their process and challenges in conceptualizing the winning mission proposal (SILENUS) of an orbiter andanetwork of landers.The final mission architecture proposes a mission where the science data return lasts just over one year andsends an orbitingsatellite housing science instrumentation to Enceladus, dropping off four penetrating seismometers to the surface of the icy moon. In our paper, we provide anoverview of our high-level mission design, an analysis of team structure and dynamics, the resources utilized by theteamsto assist with mission conception, as well as the challenges and learning outcomes of the weekas a framework for future rapid mission concept development.

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Proceedings of the 3rd Symposium on Space Educational Activities, 2019, pp. 214-218

Source

3rd Symposium on Space Educational Activities, September 16-18, 2019, Leicester, United Kingdom

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VoR (Version of Record)

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Proceedings of the 3rd Symposium on Space Educational Activities

Pagination

214-218

Publisher

University of Leicester

isbn

978-1-912989-09-6

Copyright date

2020

Available date

15/04/2020

Notes

Symposium organised by: University of Leicester, UK Students for the Exploration & Development of Space, National Space Academy, ESA Education Office

Editors

Nigel Bannister, Áine O’Brien, Alexander Kinnaird

Spatial coverage

University of Leicester, UK

Temporal coverage: start date

16/09/2019

Temporal coverage: end date

18/09/2019

Language

en

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