Alternating orbiter strategy for asteroid exploration

García Yárnoz, D., Sanchez Cuartielles, J.-P. and McInnes, C. R. (2015) Alternating orbiter strategy for asteroid exploration. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 38(2), pp. 280-291. (doi:10.2514/1.G000562)

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Abstract

This paper proposes the use of highly non-Keplerian trajectories enabled by solar radiation pressure and devices with variable area or reflectivity to map and characterize small asteroids. Strategies alternative to hovering involving a combination of retrograde and prograde orbits, together with inversions of the orbit direction by either maneuvers or exploiting the natural dynamics, are presented and analyzed. As opposed to terminator orbits, this alternating orbiter strategy allows direct overflies of the subsolar point and other equatorial regions. A simple cost comparison demonstrates a significant improvement with respect to traditional hovering strategies. Additional orbits of interest for hopper spacecraft are also discussed. Finally, various possible implementations of variable-area spacecraft that could provide the required solar radiation pressure control are suggested and discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McInnes, Professor Colin
Authors: García Yárnoz, D., Sanchez Cuartielles, J.-P., and McInnes, C. R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Publisher:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
ISSN:0731-5090
ISSN (Online):1533-3884
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
First Published:First published Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics 38(2):280-291
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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