Charting a course to the sun: Flight path control for parker solar probe
|Author||Valerino, Powtawche; Thompson, Paul; Jones, Drew; Goodson, Troy; R., Haw; E., Lau; N., Mottinger; M., Ryne;|
|Keywords||Probes; Rockets; Space flight; Parker Engineering|
|Abstract||The successful launch of the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) on August 12, 2018 with a Delta IV rocket and Star-48BV third stage has placed the spacecraft on a 7-year trajectory to study the Sun. The goals of PSP are to better characterize our solar environment and advance our understanding of the Sun at 9.86 Rs. A total of 42 trajectory correction maneuvers are planned. This paper documents trajectory correction maneuver analysis performed just prior to launch until just past the first solar encounter. The pre-launch analysis culminated in two final design cycles which analyzed 24 reference trajectories.|
© 2019 California Institute of Technology.
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Journal||Advances in the Astronautical Sciences|
|Number of Pages||359-373|