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Thumper Fusion Inc. The voyage to Iapetus, to further knowlegde, understanding of Kuiper Belt objects and Centaurs. Turbo-Thumper. Mission Overview. Using a new and more advance ion engine setup, we propose to send an obitor and probe to the unresearched moon, Iapetus.

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Thumper Fusion Inc.

The voyage to Iapetus, to further knowlegde, understanding of Kuiper Belt objects and Centaurs

Turbo-Thumper
mission overview
Mission Overview
  • Using a new and more advance ion engine setup, we propose to send an obitor and probe to the unresearched moon, Iapetus.
  • With the aquired information from this mission we will be able to determine what Iapetus is composed of and its orgin, possibly a stray Kuiper Belt object caught by Saturn's pull.
iapetus
Iapetus
  • Where is Iapetus?
  • What are we interested in?
  • What makes Iapetus unique?
why go
Why Go?
  • Relate this object to other known origins.
  • Discover and analyze the unkown materials and how they got there.
  • Use as a first step in using ion propulsion for long distances.
relating to other known origins
Relating to other known origins
  • Objects that once were in the Kuiper Belt and now dwell in the mid-solar system are called Centaurs
  • It is to the progress of our knowledge to learn how these Centaurs get into the mid-solar system and where they are now
research the unknown materials
Research the unknown materials
  • Iapetus's heavy density suggests that it is composed mostly of ice, with some rocky components.
  • Covering most of the southern hemisphere is an unknown material that appears to be soot.
  • The common theory is that it is an organic compound along the lines of frozen hydrogen-cyanide polymers.
engine
Engine
  • The DS4G, Dual Stage 4 Grid, is an ion propulsion system created by European Space Agency and the Australian National University
  • Ion drives work by accelerating a beam of ions away from the space craft using an electric field
  • They can continue running for 28,000 hours at a rate of 272mN (milliNewtons)
engine continued
Engine Continued...
  • The DS4G engine is a never been used in space travel
  • In comparison to the Smart-1, the DS4G is 10 times more efficient and 4 times faster but still takes it's pride in being, slow, steady, and lasting for a long time
our slingshot
Our Slingshot
  • Ion drives are extremely weak in propulsion, about the same force as having 8 pennies in your hand.
  • In order to increase the acceleration of our satellite, we orbit until we are able to incorporate gravity assist into our flight to Saturn.
orbiter thumper dumper
Orbiter (Thumper-Dumper)
  • The orbiter will be equipped with a GRS (Gamma Ray Spectrometer).
  • Its path will be to drop the impactor (Thumper-Bumper) into the surface of Iapetus.
  • Soon after mapping the surface of Iapetus, the orbiter will move to scan Phoebe and Hyperion (two other known Kuiper Belt Centaurs

Pheobe above

Hyperion below

impactors thumper bumpers
Impactors (Thumper-Bumpers)
  • Four of the Bumper-Bots will be released by the orbiter after one full revolution of the moon.
  • These will easily collect data concerning the soil type down to one meter deep.
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Not only does the increasing interest in the Kuiper Belt and aspects about it validate this mission, but the need to achieve a better power source which will venture far beyond the solar system mount to a need for: The Turbo-Thumper

Mission