Robotic Exploration of the Solar System
In Robotic Exploration of the Solar System, Paolo Ulivi and David Harland provide a comprehensive account of the design and management of deep-space missions, the spacecraft involved – some flown, others not – their instruments, and their scientific results.
This fourth volume in the series covers the period 2004 to the present day and features:
- coverage of the Rosetta and Curiosity missions up to the end of 2013
- coverage of Mars missions since 2005, including the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Phoenix and Fobos-Grunt, plus a description of plans for future robotic exploration of the Red Planet
- coverage of all planetary missions launched between 2004 and 2013, including the Deep Impact cometary mission, the MESSENGER Mercury orbiter, the New Horizons Pluto flyby and the Juno Jupiter orbiter
- the first complete description of the Chinese Chang’e 2 asteroid flyby mission ever published
- extensive coverage of future missions, including the European BepiColombo Mercury orbiter and international plans to revisit the most interesting moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
Emphasizes the technology of space probes in terms of structures, propulsion, power, communications and data processing systems, and scientific instrumentationProvides comprehensive coverage that ranges from the earliest planetary probes to the most recent planetary flights and missionsDetails many grounded and unfulfilled missions, which may still be proven to be useful in the futureFocuses on the robotic missions initiated since 2004, including NASA's Mars Reconnaissance OrbiterLooks ahead to possible future robotic missions and the prospect human exploration of MarsThoroughly illustrated with 225 images that bring the missions and time period to life