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2 September 2020 Europa Lander mission concept plume-induced contamination: Experimental testing and computational analysis
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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has pursued a multi-disciplinary effort to experimentally characterize and computationally simulate the effects of powered descent onto the Europan surface. As part of the proposed Europa Lander technology development and maturation activities, JPL Contamination Control and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are conducting a test program to characterize monopropellant plume-induced contamination, the preliminary results of which are showcased in this presentation. These measurements have been used in the further development of JPL’s computational physics simulations of descent engine plumes interacting with the Europan surface with direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) techniques, and in broader support of contamination control strategies for the proposed Europa Lander mission.
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William A. Hoey, Anthony T. Wong, Carlos E. Soares, and Martin Grabe "Europa Lander mission concept plume-induced contamination: Experimental testing and computational analysis", Proc. SPIE 11489, Systems Contamination: Prediction, Control, and Performance 2020, 1148909 (2 September 2020); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2568825
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