If one wants to rendezvous with Phobos (6000 km orbital altitude), aerobraking
is less attractive because it would necessitate a 0.
Santerre and Serf have been developing an aerobraking
sail concept for the forthcoming French Microscope satellite.
That's about where we will stay for the aerobraking
,'' he said.
to put it into a circular orbit and support of Mars Polar Lander operations, MCO will observe Mars for one Martian year (about two Earth years).
We discussed the differences between an ashore and shipboard landing, which included the necessity of aerobraking
upon touchdown, and noted that the aircraft had carrier-pressurized tires.
7, 1996, the probe pioneered the use of aerobraking
at Mars and mapped the surface.
Mars Odyssey underwent aerobraking
to reduce its orbital height, 2001 Oct-2002 Jan.
The -1 says you can aerobrake as low as 80 kts, but aerobraking
has very little effectiveness below 100 kts, and it's not nearly as effective as getting on the brakes.
In the aerobraking
maneuver, the craft dips down into Mars' denser upper atmosphere to trim its elliptical orbit into the circular path designed for mapping (SN: 10/18/97, p.
The discoveries have come even as the spacecraft is primarily still in the process of circularizing its long eliptical orbit by the novel technique of aerobraking
- dipping into Mars' upper atmosphere to use drag rather than rockets to alter the orbit.
It pioneered the use of aerobraking
at Mars, using careful dips into the atmosphere for friction to shrink a long elliptical orbit into a nearly circular one.
Lt Radoescu executed a flawless touchdown near the approach end of the runway, used maximum aerobraking
, and cautiously applied the wheel brakes to stop the aircraft in the remaining runway distance.