Earth Delivery of a Small NEO with an Ion Beam Shepherd

Bombardelli, Claudio and Urrutxua, Hodei and Peláez Álvarez, Jesús (2012). Earth Delivery of a Small NEO with an Ion Beam Shepherd. In: "22nd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting", 29/01/2012 - 02/02/2012, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. ISBN 978-0-87703-581-7. pp. 371-378.

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Title: Earth Delivery of a Small NEO with an Ion Beam Shepherd
Author/s:
  • Bombardelli, Claudio
  • Urrutxua, Hodei
  • Peláez Álvarez, Jesús
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 22nd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Event Dates: 29/01/2012 - 02/02/2012
Event Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Title of Book: Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
Date: January 2012
ISBN: 978-0-87703-581-7
Volume: 143
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos (UPM)
Department: Física Aplicada a la Ingeniería Aeronáutica [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The possibility of capturing a small Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) and deliver it to the vicinity of the Earth has been recently explored by different authors. The key advantage would be to allow a cheap and quick access to the NEA for science, resource utilization and other purposes. Among the different challenges related to this operation stands the difficulty of robotically capturing the object, whose composition and dynamical state could be problematic. In order to simplify the capture operation we propose the use of a collimated ion beam ejected from a hovering spacecraft in order to maneuver the object without direct physical contact. The feasibility of a possible asteroid retrieval mission is evaluated.

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Item ID: 22871
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/22871/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:22871
Official URL: http://www.univelt.com/book=3623
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 14 Nov 2014 16:59
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2014 16:59
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