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.
|Commitee:||Brennan, Martin, Olsen, Gregory|
|School:||Mississippi State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Extraterrestrial sea exploration, Huygens probe, Methane lakes, Mission design, Titan, Titan submarine|
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