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MASCOT Asteroid Nanolanders: From Ryugu and Didymoon towards Future Missions at ‘2021 PDC’, Apophis 2029, and Beyond

Lange, Caroline and Ho, Tra-Mi and Grundmann, Jan Thimo and Borella, Laura and Chand, Suditi and Cordero, Federico and Fexer, Sebastian and Grimm, Christian and Hendrikse, Jeffrey and Hercik, David and Herique, Alain and Kesseler, Lars and Laabs, M. and Lange, Michael and Lichtenheldt, Roy and Plettemeier, D. and Quantius, Dominik and Venditti, Flaviane C. F. and Virkki, Anne K. (2021) MASCOT Asteroid Nanolanders: From Ryugu and Didymoon towards Future Missions at ‘2021 PDC’, Apophis 2029, and Beyond. iaaspace.org. 7th IAA Planetary Defense Conference - PDC 2021, 26.-30-04.2021, Wien, Österreich (virtuell).

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Official URL: https://iaaspace.org/event/7th-iaa-planetary-defense-conference-2021/


For now, the Planetary Defense Conference Exercise 2021's incoming fictitious(!) asteroid, 2021 PDC, seems headed for impact on October 20th, 2021, exactly 6 months after its discovery. Today (Monday, April 26th, 2021), the impact probability is 5%, in a steep rise from 1 in 2500 upon discovery six days ago. We all know how these things end. Or do we? Unless somebody wants to keep civil defense very busy very soon, the chance is 95% that it will not hit; instead fly by closely to Earth, swing by to a new orbit that takes it away essentially forever or back again sooner or later through a keyhole, for a re-play at different odds. This is where our story starts and the story sounds familiar: season's greetings from 2004 MN4, now better known as (99942) Apophis. One more thing is similar: the close fly-by is an easy launch opportunity to 'jump aboard' that potentially hazardous asteroid for planetary science and tracking of longterm Yarkovsky-shifted keyhole resonant return risks. Indeed, missions are currently being discussed to launch during the 2029 fly-by of Apophis to rendezvous and investigate it closely right after. Others strive for an earlier launch to rendezvous well before, to observe all of the close fly-by at Earth and what it might do to a likely delicate rubble pile asteroid. Presently, this is an unlikely if not impossible option for sudden encounters like 2021 PDC with a lead time of months. But when asteroid mining (...possibly the other ...-not-if of asteroids?) takes off in the same manner as low Earth orbit communications satellites, this option may become a reality. But for now, even if a suitable planetary mission were serendipitously ready atop a suitable launch vehicle, could you get it an asteroid lander within 6 months? Surprisingly, this option existed between late 2014 and late 2018 when the MASCOT Qualification Model turned Flight Spare was kept fully integrated and flight ready for on-ground testing to prepare for the Flight Model's brief but complete mission on Ryugu with JAXA's highly successful HAYABUSA2 probe. At the same time, the MASCOT2 detailed design study for ESA's former AIM mission within the common NASA-ESA AIDA mission to (65803) Didymos and its moonlet, Dimorphos (then affectionately known as 'Didymoon'), paved the way for long-life MASCOTs, many of which have been discussed and studied since. The thoughtful design of MASCOT’s hardware and software allowed for a very high degree of re-use and flexibility regarding scientific payloads. MASCOT2 was to investigate the interior of Didymoon by Low-Frequency Radar. Close encounters like Apophis' offer unique opportunities for Earth-based planetary radar assets to work with spacecraft near and landers on the passing asteroid. We present a range of options for radar- and composition-oriented long-life MASCOT variants - to be delivered to the surfaces of the respective asteroid bodies - for the presently most likely near miss of 2021 PDC and the most certain close fly-by of (99942) Apophis on Friday, April 13th, 2029.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142222/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:MASCOT Asteroid Nanolanders: From Ryugu and Didymoon towards Future Missions at ‘2021 PDC’, Apophis 2029, and Beyond
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Lange, CarolineUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1709-3667UNSPECIFIED
Ho, Tra-MiUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3378-3227UNSPECIFIED
Grundmann, Jan ThimoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8809-0981UNSPECIFIED
Borella, Lauraconsultant to DLR Institute of Space SystemsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chand, Suditiconsultant to DLR Institute of Space SystemsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fexer, SebastianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0009-0009-9294-7720138162694
Grimm, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4490-7424UNSPECIFIED
Hercik, DavidInstitute of Atmospheric Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech RepublicUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Herique, AlainUniv. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, IPAG, F-38000 Grenoble, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kesseler, LarsLevity Space SystemsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lange, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0095-3605UNSPECIFIED
Lichtenheldt, RoyUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2539-4910UNSPECIFIED
Plettemeier, D.Technische Universitaet Dresden Helmholtzstraße 10 D-01069 Dresden, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Venditti, Flaviane C. F.Arecibo Observatory, HC3 Box 53995, Arecibo, PR 00612, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Virkki, Anne K.Arecibo Observatory, HC3 Box 53995, Arecibo, PR 00612, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:26 April 2021
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Ailor, William HThe Aerospace CorporationUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Barbee, BrentNASA/Goddard Space Flight Center & The University of MarylandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Drolshagen, GerhardUniversity Oldenburg, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Melamed, NahumThe Aerospace CorporationUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cheng, AndyJohns Hopkins University, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tantardini, MarcoConsultant, former Space Policy Officer in the Office of the Italian Prime MinisterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vardaxis, GeorgeThe Aerospace CorporationUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:MASCOT2, planetary science radar, Near-Earth Object, nanolander, re-use strategies
Event Title:7th IAA Planetary Defense Conference - PDC 2021
Event Location:Wien, Österreich (virtuell)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:26.-30-04.2021
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Requirements and Verification Interchange in MBSE, R - Project Mascot (Bus), R - Projekt Mascot (Rob.), R - Project MASCOT - Science, R - GoSolAr (Gossamer Solar Array)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Engineering and Project Office
Institute of Space Systems > Land and Exploration Technology
Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems > Functional Lightweight Structures
Institute of System Dynamics and Control > Space System Dynamics
Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Grundmann, Jan Thimo
Deposited On:11 May 2021 08:35
Last Modified:06 Jul 2023 10:57

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