Near Earth asteroid resource utilisation for large in-orbit reflectors

McInnes, C. R. (2016) Near Earth asteroid resource utilisation for large in-orbit reflectors. Space Policy, 37(2), pp. 62-64. (doi: 10.1016/j.spacepol.2016.07.001)

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The resources offered by the family of near Earth asteroids could provide bulk materials to support future space science ventures, both crewed missions and space-based astronomy. Using low-energy transfer trajectories small near Earth asteroids could be captured directly, or their material resources returned to Earth orbit or the Lagrange points. With novel fabrication methods, such as additive layer manufacturing, large-scale space structures including optical and radio telescopes could in principle be assembled from such resources. Indeed, with bulk materials readily available, very large numbers of structures could be fabricated in-situ for interferometry applications.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McInnes, Professor Colin
Authors: McInnes, C. R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Space Policy
Publisher:Pergamon Press
ISSN (Online):1879-338X
Published Online:06 August 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Space Policy 37(2): 62-64
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
700781Ultra-low energy trajectories for near Earth asteroid capture and returnColin McInnesRoyal Society (ROYSOC)WM150013ENG - ENGINEERING SYSTEMS POWER & ENERGY