Donors supporting space science and engineering at Caltech have made it possible to solicit opportunities through the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) to fund 1-2 grants totaling approximately $200k (direct cost) to carry out technical development efforts.
The goal of this workshop is to explore approaches to the next-generation planetary radar capable of providing compelling science and motivating NASA science missions as well as potentially providing NASA mission assurance by being able to track spacecraft.
n this short course, we will discuss the prospects for giant leaps that could be enabled by modern geodetic observations beyond the Earth-Moon system.
This workshop will focus on Mars, Venus, and Ocean Worlds of the outer solar system, and consider technologies such as spacecraft-to-spacecraft ranging, gradiometers, and the deployment of retroreflectors and radio beacons on planetary surfaces.
The goal of the workshop is to develop new concepts for in situ sample capture missions, where samples from the Venusian surface or lower atmosphere are delivered to an “airborne laboratory” for analysis.