Design of a Long Endurance Titan VTOL Vehicle

dc.contributor.author Prakash, Ravi
dc.contributor.author Braun, Robert D.
dc.contributor.author Colby, Luke S.
dc.contributor.author Francis, Scott R.
dc.contributor.author Gündüz, Mustafa E.
dc.contributor.author Flaherty, Kevin W.
dc.contributor.author Lafleur, Jarret M.
dc.contributor.author Wright, Henry S.
dc.contributor.corporatename Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-13T22:18:35Z
dc.date.available 2007-06-13T22:18:35Z
dc.date.issued 2006-03
dc.description IEEE Aerospace Conference March 2006, Big Sky, MT. en_US
dc.description.abstract Saturn's moon Titan promises insight into many key scientific questions, many of which can be investigated only by in situ exploration of the surface and atmosphere of the moon. This research presents a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle designed to conduct a scientific investigation of Titan's atmosphere, clouds, haze, surface, and any possible oceans. In this investigation, multiple options for vertical takeoff and horizontal mobility were considered. A helicopter was baselined because of its many advantages over other types of vehicles, namely access to hazardous terrain and the ability to perform low speed aerial surveys. Using a nuclear power source and the atmosphere of Titan, a turbo expander cycle produces the 1.9 kW required by the vehicle for flight and operations, allowing it to sustain a long range, long duration mission that could traverse the majority of Titan. Such a power source could increase the lifespan and quality of science for planetary aerial flight to an extent that the limiting factor for the mission life is not available power but the life of the mechanical parts. Therefore, the mission could potentially last for years. This design is the first to investigate the implications of this potentially revolutionary technology on a Titan aerial vehicle. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/14762
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.publisher.original Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
dc.relation.ispartofseries SSDL ; en_US
dc.subject Entry, descent, and transition to flight en_US
dc.subject Titan's atmosphere en_US
dc.subject Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) vehicle en_US
dc.title Design of a Long Endurance Titan VTOL Vehicle en_US
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dc.type.genre Paper
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local.contributor.corporatename Space Systems Design Laboratory (SSDL)
local.contributor.corporatename Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering
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