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Engineering and Technology Colloquia Series

Five Billion Miles to Mercury: Innovations in MESSENGER Trajectory Design

Presented by:  Jim McAdams (APL)
Category: Engineering Colloquia   Duration: 1 hour and 46 minutes   Broadcast date: January 05, 2011
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This talk will survey MESSENGER launch opportunities, six planetary flybys, first demonstration of solar sail targeting, Mercury orbit insertion, breakthroughs made in maneuver contingency planning, and the year-long Mercury orbit phase. Spectacular images and videos of Mercury and the trajectory profile will also be shown.

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Jim McAdams' presentation PDF document (.pdf)