Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar
The FOCAL Mission to the Sun Gravity Focus
Presented by Claudio Maccone
IAA SETI Permanent Committee
Monday, January 12, 2015
12:00 noon in 169-336
The FOCAL mission to the Sun Gravity Focus at 550 AU and beyond is currently being studied as a part of a mission to explore the InterStellar Medium (ISM). This study is sponsored by the Keck Institute for Space Studies and conducted at Caltech. In this talk we describe the main features of the FOCAL mission to 550 AU and beyond up to about 1000 AU. We also point out that Einstein's General Relativity plays a vital role in this mission. Thus, it might be advisable to create a Tensor Universal Code enabling the design of all future space missions based on General Relativity by using the MKS metric system rather than any other unit system.
JPL Contact: Mark Swain (818-455-2396)