July 19, 2011

KinetX Contributes Five Technical Scientific Research Papers at the Prestigious Astrodynamics Specialist Conference July 31-August 4, 2011

PHOENIX, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of KinetX's technical staff are advancing the state-of-the-art of mission design and navigation for deep space missions by participating in the upcoming Astrodynamics Specialist Conference (July 31-August 4, 2011) in Girdwood, Alaska, which is organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) Space Flight Mechanics Committee and co-sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Astrodynamics Technical Committee.

KinetX personnel are authors and co-authors on five technical papers to be presented at the conference, which cover a range of topics including three papers on mission design and navigation results from the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, a paper on navigation strategies for returning a sample from an asteroid, and a paper on autonomous aerobraking. KinetX personnel are also acknowledged in two additional research papers as contributors. In addition to writing and presenting technical papers, two members of KinetX technical staff have been elected to serve five year terms on the AAS Space Flight Mechanics Committee, where they serve by helping organize and act as chairmen for sessions at conferences such as this one.

KinetX, Inc. is the first commercial entity to provide spacecraft navigation services for NASA interplanetary missions and is currently providing similar mission design and navigation services for three NASA missions: the MESSENGER mission that is currently orbiting the planet Mercury, the New Horizons mission that is on its way to fly by Pluto in 2015, and the newly selected OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission that will launch in 2016. KinetX also played a key role in the design and implementation of the Iridium Communication Satellite Network. For more information visit http://www.kinetx.com.

SOURCE KinetX, Inc.