November 14, 2019

Dragonfly: Info session

Event Date: November 14, 2019
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: ARMS B071
Priority: Yes
School or Program: Aeronautics and Astronautics
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It sounds like science fiction: Fly a robotic rotorcraft over the dunes of an alien moon. But NASA gave a team led by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) the opportunity to turn this idea into space exploration reality.

NASA selected Dragonfly, a rotorcraft-lander expedition to Saturn’s large, exotic moon Titan, as the next mission in its New Frontiers program. Launching in 2026 and arriving in 2034, Dragonfly will investigate prebiotic chemistry, exploring dozens of locations across Titan.

APL’s Doug Adams, the spacecraft systems engineer, Ken Hibbard, the mission systems engineer, and Marty Ozimek, the mission design lead engineer, will speak about the Dragonfly mission. The presentation will include an overview of the mission architecture, key features that enable autonomous flights at Titan, and a number of engineering aspects behind making it all possible.