Join the AIAA Central Florida Section with Ralph Lorenz, mission architect for APL/NASAs Dragonfly mission to Titan.
Join in the Zoom Webinar to participate in the Live Q/A afterwards, or you can watch on Youtube Live and join the text chat conversation to ask questions.
Saturn's giant moon Titan has been revealed to be remarkably Earth-like, with a landscape of vast dunefields, river channels and lakes under a smogg sky punctuated by methane downpours. Titan serves as a frigid laboratory in which the same processes that shape our own planet can be seen in action under exotic conditions. Titan has a rich inventory of complex organic molecules that may provide clues how the building blocks of life are assembled. NASA recently selected APL's Dragonfly mission concept as the next $1B-class New Frontiers mission to launch in 2027, to arrive in the mid-2030s. Dragonfly is an octocopter lander, able to repeatedly take off and fly tens of kilometers in Titan's dense atmosphere and low gravity to sample the surface in a wide range of geological settings. This presentation will describe the mission and how the concept was developed. Join in the Zoom Webinar to participate in the Live Q/A afterwards, or you can watch on Youtube Live and join the text chat conversation to ask questions.