The Cassini spacecraft will explore the planet Saturn and its rings and moons with an orbiter and atmospheric entry probe, both of which have a sophisticated set of science instruments. The spacecraft design is responsive to mission and science objectives, and is influenced by technical and programmatic constraints e.g., a cost cap, fixed schedule, space environment, and interfaces to other fixed systems like the launch vehicle and ground system. The spacecraft design must also consider the limited post-launch resources allocated to do the flight operations. This paper presents an overview of the spacecraft system design with emphasis given to the orbiter and only a high level summary of the probe.
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Roger Gibbs, Roger Gibbs, } "Cassini spacecraft design", Proc. SPIE 2803, Cassini/Huygens: A Mission to the Saturnian Systems, (7 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.253425; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.253425


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