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T+ 145 Days Engineering Log

Posted 07-02-2015 at 09:29 PM by Dantassii
Updated 07-03-2015 at 12:35 AM by Dantassii
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We have successfully arrived in orbit around Titan. Unlike the Europa Station, the Titan Station will be built in low orbit around Titan instead of at the L2 point between Titan and Saturn. No flags were raised from any of the EHEs used for our arrival burn. We will be performing tests and maintenance work on SSTV while the construction crew builds the station.

Construction of the Titan Station will begin tomorrow morning. Negative reporting will continue during our stay at Titan,...
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T+ 130 Engineering Log

Posted 06-17-2015 at 09:43 AM by Dantassii
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9 days of phasing burns and SOI were executed with no flags on the EHEs and we are now playing catch-up with Titan. We've had a few medical situations to deal with since we arrived in the Saturn system as viewing the ring plane close up can be one of the most breathtaking sights known to man. Sadly, once we have reached the Titan orbital plane, the rings will be nearly invisible edge on.

All boards are green at this time.

The remaining milestones for this mission:
  • T+145
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T+ 120 Engineering Log

Posted 06-07-2015 at 11:18 AM by Dantassii
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The first day of Saturn approach phasing burns was completed without any issues. All EHEs used for these burns performed within normal flight ranges.

The phasing burns being performed are short, 1-5 minute burns designed to reduce the delta V requirement for the SOI burn as well as improve our timing for our arrival at Titan in 25 days. Because of the speed of our Jupiter to Saturn transit, our on-board flight path calculation software was not able to give very accurate solutions...
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T+105 Engineering Log

Posted 05-23-2015 at 09:42 AM by Dantassii
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MCC #6 was performed early this morning with a delta V of 400 m/s with no flags on any of the 4 EHEs used.

The transit from Jupiter to Saturn has been nominal with no unexpected engineering problems. The main bearing on centrifuge #3 needed a little extra time for its scheduled maintenance but nothing that a little patience couldn't handle. The advice of Gemini 10/Apollo 11 astronaut Mike Collins concerning movement in space ("Take it slow and don't rush.") is the best...
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T+ 76 Engineering Log

Posted 04-24-2015 at 08:43 AM by Dantassii
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MCC #5 was performed using a total of 6 EHEs with no flags. Total delta V for the burn was 475 m/s. Current estimates of the delta V for MCC #6 are around 300 m/s however as with all the mid-course burns for this mission, the exact delta V of the burn won't be known for certain until much closer to the burn date.

We have calculated that a series of phasing burns of 1-5 minutes in duration performed during the last 10 days before the SOI burn will reduce the total delta V requirement...
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