Rotary-Wing Decelerators for Probe Descent Through the Atmosphere of Venus
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION MOFFETT FIELD CA ROTORCRAFT DIVISION
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An innovative concept is proposed for atmospheric entry probe deceleration, wherein one or more deployed rotors in autorotation or wind-turbine flow states on the aft end of the probe effect controlled descent. This concept is particularly oriented toward probes intended to land safely on the surface of Venus. Initial work on design trade studies is discussed.
- Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry