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ASTEX: An in situ exploration mission to two near-Earth asteroids

Nathues, A. and Boehnhardt, H. and Harris, A.W. and Jentsch, C. and Schaeff, S. and Weischede, F. and Wiegand, A. and Schmitz, N. and Goetz, W. and Kachri, Z. (2010) ASTEX: An in situ exploration mission to two near-Earth asteroids. Advances in Space Research, 45, pp. 169-182. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2009.10.008.

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Abstract

ASTEX (ASTeroid EXplorer) is a concept study of an in situ exploration mission to two Near-Earth-Asteroids (NEAs), which consists of an orbiting element and two individual lander units. The target candidates have different mineralogical compositions, i.e. one asteroid is chosen to be of “primitive’’ nature, the other to be a fragment of a differentiated asteroid. The main scientific goals of the ASTEX mission are the exploration of the physical, geological, and mineralogical nature of the NEAs. The higher level goal is the provision of information and constraints on the formation and evolution of our planetary system. The study identified realistic mission scenarios, defined the strawman payload as well as the requirements and options for the spacecraft bus including the propulsion system, the landers, the launcher, and assessed and defined the requirements for the mission’s operational ground segment.

Document Type:Article
Title:ASTEX: An in situ exploration mission to two near-Earth asteroids
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Nathues, A.Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max-Planck Str. 2, 37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
Boehnhardt, H.Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max-Planck Str. 2, 37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
Harris, A.W.UNSPECIFIED
Jentsch, C.Astrium GmbH, Claude-Dornier-Straße, 88039 Friedrichshafen, Germany
Schaeff, S.Astos Solutions, Grund 1, 78089 Unterkirnach, Germany
Weischede, F.UNSPECIFIED
Wiegand, A.Astos Solutions, Grund 1, 78089 Unterkirnach, Germany
Schmitz, N.UNSPECIFIED
Goetz, W.Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max-Planck Str. 2, 37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
Kachri, Z.LSE Space AG, Münchner Straße 20, 82234 Weßling, Germany
Date:2010
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Space Research
Refereed publication:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:45
DOI:10.1016/j.asr.2009.10.008
Page Range:pp. 169-182
Publisher:Elsevier
Status:Published
Keywords:NEO, NEA, Exploration, Interplanetary mission, Mission study
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
Deposited By: Prof. Alan Harris
Deposited On:13 Apr 2010 10:30
Last Modified:26 Mar 2013 13:16

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