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dc.contributor.authorAllen, David Williamen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-13T19:44:30Z
dc.date.available2017-06-13T19:44:30Z
dc.date.issued2014-10-30en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-11122014-130031en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/78175
dc.description.abstractOf all of the bodies in the solar system, Europa is perhaps the most enticing. Based on several lines of evidence, Europa, a moon of Jupiter, is believed to have an ocean of liquid water beneath several kilometers of ice. This ocean is likely in contact with Europa's rocky core, making Europa's ocean one of the most likely places for life to exist in the solar system outside of Earth. This thesis provides an outline of the technology required for a mission that travels to Europa, penetrates the ice, and explores the ocean below. In order to create this outline, this thesis first provides background on previous missions to the outer planets. A discussion of the science requirements is presented and then a value system by which designs are evaluated is developed. Current technologies and the design alternatives are presented and evaluated using the value system. A final mission architecture and concept of operations are then presented.
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectEuropaen_US
dc.subjectPlanetary Explorationen_US
dc.subjectAutonomous Underwater Vehiclesen_US
dc.subjectMelt Probesen_US
dc.titleDevelopment of a Value System and Mission Architecture for the Exploration of the Oceans of Europaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentAerospace and Ocean Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAerospace and Ocean Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairWoolsey, Craig A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPhilen, Michael K.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMoore, Williamen_US
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-11122014-130031/en_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairMcCue, Leighen_US
dc.date.sdate2014-11-12en_US
dc.date.rdate2014-11-20
dc.date.adate2014-11-20en_US


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