Huygens Probe: Thermal Design, Test, Fligth Comparison, and Descent Prediction
Publication date: 17 July 1998
Authors: Cluzet, G., Doenecke, J., Vollmer, K. and Patti, B.
Presented at International Conference On Environmental Systems, July 1998, Danvers, MA, USA, Session: Satellite, Payload, Instrument and Launch Vehicle Thermal Control.
A study of the first in-orbit temperatures of Huygens shows that the probe will very likely survive thermally all vacuum cruise and coast phases. Calculated heat fluxes, mass flows of Titan's atmosphere into and out of the probe and temperatures give confidence also for the mission phase proper in 2004, i.e., the 2.5 h descent into Titan's -200