TandEM: Titan and Enceladus mission

Research areas:
Year:
2009
Authors:
  • A. Coustenis
  • S. K. Atreya
  • T. Balint
  • R. H. Brown
  • M. K. Dougherty
  • F. Ferri
  • M. Fulchignoni
  • D. Gautier
  • R. A. Gowen
  • C. A. Griffith
  • L. I. Gurvits
  • R. Jaumann
  • Y. Langevin
  • M. R. Leese
  • J. I. Lunine
  • C. P. McKay
  • X. Moussas
  • I. Mueller-Wodarg
  • F. Neubauer
  • T. C. Owen
  • F. Raulin
  • E. C. Sittler
  • F. Sohl
  • Christophe Sotin
  • Gabriel Tobie
  • T. Tokano
  • E. P. Turtle
  • J. -E. Wahlund
  • J. H. Waite
  • K. H. Baines
  • J. Blamont
  • A. J. Coates
  • I. Dandouras
  • T. Krimigis
  • E. Lellouch
  • R. D. Lorenz
  • A. Morse
  • C. C. Porco
  • M. Hirtzig
  • J. Saur
  • T. Spilker
  • J. C. Zarnecki
  • E. Choi
  • N. Achilleos
  • R. Amils
  • P. Annan
  • D. H. Atkinson
  • Y. Benilan
  • C. Bertucci
  • B. Bezard
  • G. L. Bjoraker
  • M. Blanc
  • L. Boireau
  • J. Bouman
  • M. Cabane
  • M. T. Capria
  • E. Chassefiere
  • P. Coll
  • M. Combes
  • J. F. Cooper
  • A. Coradini
  • F. Crary
  • T. Cravens
  • I. A. Daglis
  • E. de Angelis
  • C. de Bergh
  • I. de Pater
  • C. Dunford
  • G. Durry
  • O. Dutuit
  • D. Fairbrother
  • F. M. Flasar
  • A. D. Fortes
  • R. Frampton
  • M. Fujimoto
  • M. Galand
  • Olivier Grasset
  • M. Grott
  • T. Haltigin
  • A. Herique
  • F. Hersant
  • H. Hussmann
  • W. Ip
  • R. Johnson
  • E. Kallio
  • S. Kempf
  • M. Knapmeyer
  • W. Kofman
  • R. Koop
  • T. Kostiuk
  • N. Krupp
  • M. Kueppers
  • H. Lammer
  • L. -M. Lara
  • P. Lavvas
  • Stéphane Le Mouélic
  • S. Lebonnois
  • S. Ledvina
  • J. Li
  • T. A. Livengood
  • R. M. Lopes
  • J. -J. Lopez-Moreno
  • D. Luz
  • P. R. Mahaffy
  • U. Mall
  • J. Martinez-Frias
  • B. Marty
  • T. McCord
  • C. Menor Salvan
  • A. Milillo
  • D. G. Mitchell
  • R. Modolo
  • O. Mousis
  • M. Nakamura
  • C. D. Neish
  • C. A. Nixon
  • Delphine Nna Mvondo
  • G. Orton
  • M. Paetzold
  • J. Pitman
  • S. Pogrebenko
  • W. Pollard
  • O. Prieto-Ballesteros
  • P. Rannou
  • K. Reh
  • L. Richter
  • F. T. Robb
  • R. Rodrigo
  • S. Rodriguez
  • P. Romani
  • M. Ruiz Bermejo
  • E. T. Sarris
  • P. Schenk
  • B. Schmitt
  • N. Schmitz
  • D. Schulze-Makuch
  • K. Schwingenschuh
  • A. Selig
  • B. Sicardy
  • L. Soderblom
  • L. J. Spilker
  • D. Stam
  • A. Steele
  • K. Stephan
  • D. F. Strobel
  • K. Szego
  • C. Szopa
  • R. Thissen
  • M. G. Tomasko
  • D. Toublanc
  • H. Vali
  • I. Vardavas
  • V. Vuitton
  • R. A. West
  • R. Yelle
  • E. F. Young
Journal:
EXPERIMENTAL ASTRONOMY
Volume:
23
Number:
3
Pages:
893-946
Month:
March
ISSN:
0922-6435
Abstract:
TandEM was proposed as an L-class (large) mission in response to ESA's
Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Call, and accepted for further studies, with the
goal of exploring Titan and Enceladus. The mission concept is to perform
in situ investigations of two worlds tied together by location and
properties, whose remarkable natures have been partly revealed by the
ongoing Cassini-Huygens mission. These bodies still hold mysteries
requiring a complete exploration using a variety of vehicles and
instruments. TandEM is an ambitious mission because its targets are two
of the most exciting and challenging bodies in the Solar System. It is
designed to build on but exceed the scientific and technological
accomplishments of the Cassini-Huygens mission, exploring Titan and
Enceladus in ways that are not currently possible (full close-up and in
situ coverage over long periods of time). In the current mission
architecture, TandEM proposes to deliver two medium-sized spacecraft to
the Saturnian system. One spacecraft would be an orbiter with a large
host of instruments which would perform several Enceladus flybys and
deliver penetrators to its surface before going into a dedicated orbit
around Titan alone, while the other spacecraft would carry the Titan in
situ investigation components, i.e. a hot-air balloon (MontgolfiSre) and
possibly several landing probes to be delivered through the atmosphere.