Further reading

The application ofaerobraking to several interplanetary probes is reviewed by G. Genta and M. Rycroft in Space, The Final Frontier? (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2003).

NASA-supported research to investigate the application of the solar sail to aerocapture is reviewed in the Appendix of G.L. Matloffs Deep-Space Prohes, 2nd edn (Springer-Praxis, Chichester, UK, 2005). Some authors have begun to extend these preliminary calculations to the case of actual interactions between small solar sails (solar kites) and various planetary atmospheres. One of these is Andreas Thellmann, whose extensive calculations for 4.7-square-meter solar kites entering Earth's and Mars' atmospheres are included in his Diploma Thesis Entry of a Solar Kite into a Planetary Atmosphere, submitted to Kingston University London, Faculty of Technology, School of Engineering, in April 2005.

Some technical references about "Space Brakes'' include: Hall, J.L., Noca, M.A. and Bailey, R.W., "Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Aerocapture Mission Set,'' fournal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 42, no. 2, 2005; Laub, B., "New TPS Materials for Aerocapture,'' Space Technology and Applications International Forum, Albuquerque, NM, 2002; Masciarelli,

J.P., "Technology Development for Deployable Aerodynamic Devel-erators at Mars," Space Technology and Applications International Forum, Albuquerque, NM, 2002; Randolph, J.E. and McRonald, A.D., "Solar System Fast Mission Trajectories Using Aerogravity Assist," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 29, no. 2, 1992.

[See also Plate III in the color section]
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