Computer simulations and scale model drop tests are performed to evaluate the splashdown loads of a capsule in nonaqueous liquids, in anticipation of the descent of the ESA Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan which may have lakes and seas of liquid hydrocarbons. Deceleration profiles in liquids of low and high viscosity are explored, and how the deceleration record may be inverted to recover fluid physical properties is studied.
Planetary Probe Atmospheric Entry and Descent Trajectory Analysis and Science
- Pub Date:
- February 2004
- Titan Atmosphere;
- Entry Probes;