Conceptual design of the dragonfly lander

Jacob Willem Langelaan, Sven Schmitz, Douglas S. Adams, Ralph D. Lorenz

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Abstract

Dragonfly is a rotary-wing lander that will explore Saturn's moon Titan, an ocean world that is not known to harbor life but is known to have a rich organic surface chemistry. Mobility on Titan via atmospheric flight will enable scientific coverage at multiple sites and provide significant geological diversity. Titan's thick atmosphere and low gravity present advantages for the feasibility of flight and also present some technical challenges that are different from those of Earth-based flight. This paper describes the early conceptual design of Dragonfly as well as the key design parameters that influence mission performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication77th Annual Vertical Flight Society Forum and Technology Display, FORUM 2021
Subtitle of host publicationThe Future of Vertical Flight
PublisherVertical Flight Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781713830016
StatePublished - 2021
Event77th Annual Vertical Flight Society Forum and Technology Display: The Future of Vertical Flight, FORUM 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: May 10 2021May 14 2021

Publication series

Name77th Annual Vertical Flight Society Forum and Technology Display, FORUM 2021: The Future of Vertical Flight

Conference

Conference77th Annual Vertical Flight Society Forum and Technology Display: The Future of Vertical Flight, FORUM 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period5/10/215/14/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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