Testing for the Pioneer anomaly on a Pluto exploration mission

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From: Andreas Rathke [view email]
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 16:14:58 GMT   (364kb)
Testing for the Pioneer anomaly on a Pluto exploration mission

Authors: Andreas Rathke
Comments: 6 pages, 2 figures. Talk at the 3rd International Conference on Frontier Science - Physics and Astrophysics in Space, Frascati, Italy, 14-19 June 2004

The Doppler-tracking data of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft show an unmodelled constant acceleration in the direction of the inner Solar System. An overview of the phenomenon, commonly dubbed the Pioneer anomaly, is given and the possibility for an experimental test of the anomaly as a secondary goal of an upcoming space mission is discussed using a putative Pluto orbiter probe as a paradigm.
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