Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Featured | 0 comments

NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has been an extremely successfully mission returning scientific data and fostered new discoveries. ADS is responsible for the flight dynamics, and has been involved throughout the mission, including the the pre-launch analysis; launch and ascent support in October, 2008; and continues flight dynamics today for the extended mission. ADS designed the current lunar-resonant orbit which is stable enough to continue the mission for many years with no orbit maintenance.

ADS has published many papers on this work (such as here), and more information on the IBEX mission can be found at:
http://ibex.swri.edu/mission/operations.shtml.