Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A concept study for extraterrestrial sea exploration of Titan via Deployable And Versatile Instrument Device (DAVID) Buoys
by Smith, Mary Katelyn, M.S., Mississippi State University, 2016, 51; 10141567
Abstract (Summary)

Saturn’s moon, Titan, has been a scientific marvel since Cassini’s flyby discovered methane-ethane lakes in the northern hemisphere. Several science missions to explore these lakes have been proposed, but none have been launched. Using these previous mission designs, as well as the success of the Huygens probe, this paper will discuss the development of a deployable multi-buoy system with the intent of studying the methane-ethane lakes. The buoys will study the chemical makeup of the lakes, determine meteorology of Titan atmosphere, and map the depth and floor of the targeted lakes. This thesis is a concept study on the multi-buoy system that reviews briefly the concept and design.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koenig, Keith
Commitee: Brennan, Martin, Olsen, Gregory
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Aerospace Engineering
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Aerospace engineering
Keywords: Extraterrestrial sea exploration, Huygens probe, Methane lakes, Mission design, Titan, Titan submarine
Publication Number: 10141567
ISBN: 978-1-339-96927-5
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