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The Don Quijote Mission: Target Selection and Mitigation-Relevant Science Return

Harris, Alan and Galvez, Andres and Benz, Willy and Fitzsimmons, Alan and Green, Simon and Michel, Patrick and Valsecchi, Giovanni and Pätzold, Martin and Häusler, Bernd (2006) The Don Quijote Mission: Target Selection and Mitigation-Relevant Science Return. 36th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, 2006-07-16 – 2006-07-23, Beijing (China).

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The Don Quijote concept includes a rendezvous spacecraft and an impactor vehicle. The main aim of the mission is to carry out an experiment to demonstrate the modification of a near-Earth asteroid’s orbit in a controlled way, as a first step in establishing mitigation measures against an eventual hazardous object. In particular, the spacecraft would study the physical properties of the target asteroid and the effects of a kinetic impact on its dynamical state. It is also expected that some spacecraft resources will be available for more general solar-system science investigations. The Don Quijote mission is currently at the phase-A stage, during which a number of European consortia of industrial and scientific partners will study its technical feasibility and potential scientific return. The basic mission concept, current scientific issues, and the possibilities for international participation in the mission will be discussed.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Don Quijote Mission: Target Selection and Mitigation-Relevant Science Return
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Galvez, AndresESA-HQ, Paris, France
Benz, WillyUniv. of Bern, Switzerland
Fitzsimmons, AlanQueens Univ., Belfast, UK
Green, SimonThe Open University, UK
Michel, PatrickObservatoire de la Côte d’Azur, France
Valsecchi, GiovanniINAF-IASF, Rome, Italy
Pätzold, MartinUniv. Cologne, Germany
Häusler, BerndUniv. Federal Armed Forces, Munich, Germany
Date:July 2006
Keywords:Asteroids, Space missions, Impact hazard
Event Title:36th COSPAR Scientific Assembly
Event Location:Beijing (China)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2006-07-16 – 2006-07-23
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Asteroiden und Kometen (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets
Institute of Planetary Research
Deposited By: Prof. Alan Harris
Deposited On:10 Oct 2006
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 13:04

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