Parker solar probe navigation: One year from launch
|Author||Thompson, Paul; Goodson, Troy; Chung, Min-Kun; Jones, Drew; Lau, Eunice; Mottinger, Neil; Valerino, Powtawche;|
|Keywords||Astrophysics; Parker Engineering|
|Abstract||Parker Solar Probe (PSP) will be the first spacecraft designed to fly deep within the Sun’s lower corona and also becoming the fastest spacecraft flown. Launch is scheduled for next year, with a 20-day launch period beginning on 31 July 2018. PSP will be on a ballistic trajectory, requiring seven Venus flybys to progressively lower the perihelion over the seven-year mission. This near-solar environment can be particularly challenging from a spacecraft design as well as a navigation perspective. We discuss an overview of the mission along with some of the particular challenges in navigating PSP.|
© 2018 Univelt Inc. All rights reserved.
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Journal||Advances in the Astronautical Sciences|
|Number of Pages||575-589|