Planetary Landers and Entry Probes
Cambridge University Press, May 10, 2007 - Science
This book provides a concise but broad overview of the engineering, science and flight history of planetary landers and atmospheric entry probes designed to explore the atmospheres and surfaces of other planets. It covers engineering aspects specific to such vehicles which are not usually treated in traditional spacecraft engineering texts. Examples are drawn from over thirty different lander and entry probe designs that have been used for lunar and planetary missions since the early 1960s. The authors provide detailed illustrations of many vehicle designs from different international space programs, and give basic information on their missions and payloads, irrespective of the mission's success or failure. Several missions are discussed in more detail to demonstrate the broad range of the challenges involved and the solutions implemented. This will form an important reference for professionals, academic researchers and graduate students involved in planetary science, aerospace engineering and space mission development.
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This is one of the most amazing and exciting books of any kind I've encountered. Where else will you experience with the authors designing a parachute to deploy at hypersonic speed in an atmosphere of uncertain composition at a temperature of approximately -300F, or designing a spacecraft/lander to keep its electronics at workable temperatures in the transition from radiative cooling of space to the convective cooling of an atmosphere, at such temperatures? The book ranges widely in subjects, as the skills of mission planners and designers must, and expresses complex subjects in a very accessible and often enthralling way. FR