Mro imaging of Phoenix descent

P. G. Good, M. A. Johnson, D. F. Eckart, W. Sidney, R. M. Manning, D. E. Highsmith, Alfred S. McEwen, S. Mattson, E. Eliason

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Abstract

On May 25, 2008, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) used its HiRISE camera to capture a dramatic image of the Phoenix Mars Lander descending on its parachute towards the surface of Mars. This was the first time that a spacecraft has imaged the final descent of another spacecraft onto a planetary body. Capturing the image required months of planning and testing across many disciplines of the MRO operations team. This paper presents the navigational changes to the MRO orbit to support the Phoenix entry geometry, the GN&C maneuvers necessary to track Phoenix during its entry and descent, the statistical analysis to determine the likelihood of capturing the image, and the HiRISE imaging preparation and post processing to bring out the details of the Lander, parachute and back-shell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Pages77-96
Number of pages20
Volume133
StatePublished - 2009
Event32nd Annual AAS Rocky Mountain Guidance and Control Conference - Breckenridge, CO, United States
Duration: Jan 30 2009Feb 4 2009

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Other32nd Annual AAS Rocky Mountain Guidance and Control Conference
CountryUnited States
CityBreckenridge, CO
Period1/30/092/4/09

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Phoenix (AZ)
Parachutes
descent
parachutes
Spacecraft
Mars
Imaging techniques
entry
Phoenix Mars Lander
spacecraft
Statistical methods
Orbits
Cameras
maneuvers
Planning
statistical analysis
mars
planning
Geometry

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  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Good, P. G., Johnson, M. A., Eckart, D. F., Sidney, W., Manning, R. M., Highsmith, D. E., ... Eliason, E. (2009). Mro imaging of Phoenix descent. In Advances in the Astronautical Sciences (Vol. 133, pp. 77-96)

Mro imaging of Phoenix descent. / Good, P. G.; Johnson, M. A.; Eckart, D. F.; Sidney, W.; Manning, R. M.; Highsmith, D. E.; McEwen, Alfred S.; Mattson, S.; Eliason, E.

Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. Vol. 133 2009. p. 77-96.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Good, PG, Johnson, MA, Eckart, DF, Sidney, W, Manning, RM, Highsmith, DE, McEwen, AS, Mattson, S & Eliason, E 2009, Mro imaging of Phoenix descent. in Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. vol. 133, pp. 77-96, 32nd Annual AAS Rocky Mountain Guidance and Control Conference, Breckenridge, CO, United States, 1/30/09.
Good PG, Johnson MA, Eckart DF, Sidney W, Manning RM, Highsmith DE et al. Mro imaging of Phoenix descent. In Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. Vol. 133. 2009. p. 77-96
Good, P. G. ; Johnson, M. A. ; Eckart, D. F. ; Sidney, W. ; Manning, R. M. ; Highsmith, D. E. ; McEwen, Alfred S. ; Mattson, S. ; Eliason, E. / Mro imaging of Phoenix descent. Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. Vol. 133 2009. pp. 77-96
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