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Achieving a Closed Orbit Around Neptune Through Aerobraking

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Author(s)
Bartlein, Andrew R.; Brewer, Nicholas R.; Vasel, Justin A.
Advisor(s)
Stecher, George J.
Date
May 2011
Subject(s)
Neptune (Planet)--Orbit; Aerothermodynamics; Space vehicles; Posters
Series
USGZE AS589
Abstract
Changing the orbit of a spacecraft requires large changes in energy and angular momentum. If a spacecraft approaches a target planet with too much angular momentum, it will be routed around the planet and not captured into orbit. To be captured, the spacecraft must shed excess energy. A method called "aerobraking" can be used to slow the spacecraft down by letting it pass through the upper atmosphere of a planet to burn off excess energy. This study examines the parameters needed to break a spacecraft around Neptune using the process of aerobraking.
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Color poster with text and graphs.
Sponsor(s)
University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
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http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/55360 
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