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ODYSSEY: A Solar System Mission

Christophe, B. and Andersen, P.H. and Anderson, J.D. and Asmar, S. and Bério, Ph. and Bertolami, O. and Bingham, R. and Bondu, F. and Bouyer, P. and Bremer, S. and Courty, J.-M. and Dittus, H. and Foulon, B. and Gil, P. and Johann, U. and Jordan, J.F. and Kent, B. and Lämmerzahl, C. and Lévy, A. and Métris, G. and Olsen, O. and Páramos, J. and Prestage, J.D. and Pogrebenko, S.V. and Rasel, E. and Rathke, A. and Reynaud, S. and Rievers, B. and Samain, E. and Sumner, T.J. and Theil, S. and Touboul, P. and Turyshev, S.G. and Vrancken, P. and Wolf, P. and Yu, N. (2009) ODYSSEY: A Solar System Mission. Experimental Astronomy, 23 (2), pp. 529-547. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s10686-008-9084-y ISSN 0922-6435

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The Solar System Odyssey mission uses modern-day high-precision experimental techniques to test some the laws questions of fundamental physics which determine dynamics in the solar system. It could lead to a major discoveries by using demonstrated technologies and could be flown within the Cosmic Vision time frame. The mission proposes to perform a set of precision gravitation experiments from the vicinity of Earth to the outer. Its scientific objectives can be summarized as follows: (1) test of gravity force law in the Solar System up to and beyond the orbit Saturn; (2) precise investigation of navigation anomalies at the fly-bys, (3) measurement of Eddington´s parameter at occultation, (4) mapping of gravity field in the outer solar system and study of the Kuiper belt. To aim this, the Odyssey mission is built up on a main spacecraft, designed to fly up to 13 AU, with the following components: (a) a high precision accelerometer, with bias-rejection system, measuring the deviation of the trajectory from the geodesics, that is also giving gravitational forces; (b) Ka-band transponders, as for Cassini, for a precise range and Doppler measurement up to 13 AU, with additional VLBI equipment; (c) optional laser equipment, which would allow one to improve the range and Doppler measurement, resulting in particular in an improved measurement (with respect to Cassini) of the Eddington´s parameter. In this baseline concept, the main spacecraft is designed to operate beyond the Saturn orbit, up to 13 AU. It experiences multiple planetary fly-bys at Earth, Mars, or Venus, and Jupiter. The cruise and fly-by phases allow the mission to schieve its baseline scientific objectives [(1) to (3) in the above list]. In addition to this baseline concept, the Odyssey mission proposes the release of the Enigma radio-beacon at Saturn, allowing one to extend the deep space gravity test up to at least 50 AU, while achieving the scientific objective of a mapping of gravity field in the outer Solar System [(4) in the above list].

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Document Type:Article
Title:ODYSSEY: A Solar System Mission
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Christophe, B.bruno.christophe (at) onera.fr, ONERA, ChatillonUNSPECIFIED
Andersen, P.H.Univ. OsloUNSPECIFIED
Anderson, J.D.Global Aerospace, Los Angeles CAUNSPECIFIED
Bério, Ph.GEMINI, Obs. de la Côte Azur, GrasseUNSPECIFIED
Bertolami, O.Inst. Sup. Técnico, Lisbon UNSPECIFIED
Bingham, R.Rutherford Appleton Lab., DidcotUNSPECIFIED
Bondu, F.GEMINI, Obs. de la Côte Azur, GrasseUNSPECIFIED
Bouyer, P.Institute dÓptique, PalaiseauUNSPECIFIED
Bremer, S.ZARM, Univ. BremenUNSPECIFIED
Courty, J.-M.Lab. Kastler Brossel, CNRS, ParisUNSPECIFIED
Dittus, H.Inst. f. Raumfahrtsysteme, DLR, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Gil, P.Inst. Sup. Técnico, Lisbon UNSPECIFIED
Johann, U.EADS Astrium, FriedrichshafenUNSPECIFIED
Kent, B.Rutherford Appleton Lab., DidcotUNSPECIFIED
Lämmerzahl, C.ZARM, Univ. BremenUNSPECIFIED
Métris, G.GEMINI, Obs. de la Côte Azur, GrasseUNSPECIFIED
Olsen, O.Univ. OsloUNSPECIFIED
Páramos, J.Inst. Sup. Técnico, Lisbon UNSPECIFIED
Prestage, J.D.JPL, Pasadena CAUNSPECIFIED
Pogrebenko, S.V.Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe, DwingelooUNSPECIFIED
Rasel, E.Inst. f. Quantenoptik, Leibniz Univ. HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Rathke, A.EADS Astrium, FriedrichshafenUNSPECIFIED
Reynaud, S.Lab. Kastler Brossel, CNRS, ParisUNSPECIFIED
Rievers, B.ZARM, Univ. BremenUNSPECIFIED
Samain, E.GEMINI, Obs. de la Côte Azur, GrasseUNSPECIFIED
Sumner, T.J.Imperial College, LondonUNSPECIFIED
Theil, S.Inst. f. Raumfahrtsysteme, DLR, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Touboul, P.ONERA, ChâtillonUNSPECIFIED
Turyshev, S.G.JPL, Pasadena CAUNSPECIFIED
Vrancken, P.GEMINI, Obs. de la Côte Azur, GrasseUNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2009
Journal or Publication Title:Experimental Astronomy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1007/s10686-008-9084-y
Page Range:pp. 529-547
von Ballmoos, PeterUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:Gravitation, Relativity, Celestial mechanics, Occultations, Kuiper belt
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems
Deposited By: Dittus, Prof.Dr. Hansjörg
Deposited On:24 Feb 2010 13:55
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:25

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