Exploration through Navigation
Charting a Course to the MoonFinal Design by:
Team Name: Moon Dusters (formerly
Mrs. Levin-Kretz’s Class of Knowledge)
Spacecraft Name: Star Shooters
Launch time and date: 10:30am on May 23rd
Duration of Journey: 1 month, 3 days
Expected Impact Date: June 27th
Description of Route and Orbital paths:
- Launch – The spacecraft will launch from KSC into a
low Earth orbit.
- Low Earth Orbit – The spacecraft will remain in a low orbit
only as long as it takes to start the transfer orbit burn.
- Transfer Orbit – The Spacecraft will enter a transfer orbit
that will approach the moon from behind rather than pass in front
of or behind the moon.
- Sling shot – The spacecraft will perform a half orbit around
the moon to gain speed and perform a Earth Polar Lunar Return orbit.
- Lunar Return Orbit –The spacecraft will perform a Earth Polar
Orbit in order to hit the Moon’s North Pole with enough energy
to send up a cloud of dust.
- Impact - Once the impact site is determined, the space craft will
adjust it’s course to the impact point. Once the
course is correct the impact probe will separate from the space craft
so that it impacts 4 minutes before the rest of the space craft.
Navigation Instruments: Radios, gyroscopes, computer controlled
Methods of guidance, navigation, control and tracking:
The primary method of Navigation will be using the Radio to receive
positions and commands from Earth. Telescopes and Radar sensers
on different parts of Earth can track the position and velocity of the
spacecraft and send course adjustments. Back-up navigation in
the event of radio failure will be done using gyroscopes and by computer
controlled sextants for celestial navigation liquid thrusters will be
used for course corrections and orbit transfers.