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|
|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)|
|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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