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Hayabusa2 operation for MASCOT delivery to Ryugu surface

Mimasu, Y. and Okada, T. and Yuko, T. and Takanao, S. and Ho, Tra-Mi and Moussi-Soffys, A. and Tsuda, Y. (2021) Hayabusa2 operation for MASCOT delivery to Ryugu surface. Planetary and Space Science, 205. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2021.105288. ISSN 0032-0633.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0032063321001276?dgcid=coauthor


The asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 was launched by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on December 3rd, 2014. The primary mission of the spacecraft is to sample pieces of the asteroid and return it to Earth for more advanced scientific analysis on the Earth. After three-year cruise phase, Hayabusa2 finally arrived at the asteroid Ryugu on June 28, 2018, and mission operations started. Hayabusa2 carries multiple rovers, separates them to land on the asteroid surface. One of these rovers, called MASCOT, was developed under the international cooperation between Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR) and Center National d'études Spatiales (CNES). This rover was planned to be separated to land on the surface of the asteroid and planned to perform several missions on the asteroid surface. In order to support these missions, the mother ship Hayabusa2 was requested to separate this rover at a very low altitude about 50 ​m, and to hover about 3 ​km after separation to achieve a reliable communication link with MASCOT. On October 2–5, 2018, we performed the operation for MASCOT release. In this paper, we introduce the flight results of the entire operation for the MASCOT release.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/143562/
Document Type:Article
Title:Hayabusa2 operation for MASCOT delivery to Ryugu surface
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Okada, T.Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS/JAXA) Sagamihara, JapanUNSPECIFIED
Yuko, T.Institute of Space and Astronautical Science/JAXA, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, JapanUNSPECIFIED
Takanao, S.Institute of Space and Astronautical Science/JAXA, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, JapanUNSPECIFIED
Ho, Tra-MiDLR, Inst. of Space Systems, Bremen, Germanyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3378-3227
Moussi-Soffys, A.CNES, ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Tsuda, Y.Institute of Space and Astronautical Science/JAXA, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, JapanUNSPECIFIED
Date:1 October 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Planetary and Space Science
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.pss.2021.105288
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Witasse, O.European Space Agency, European Space Research and Technology Centre, Noordwijk, The NetherlandsUNSPECIFIED
Series Name:Special Issue: The MASCOT Lander exploring NEA Ryugu – The mission and its outcome
Keywords:Asteroid, Ruygu, Sample Return Mission, Exploration, Nano-Scale Lander
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Exploration of the Solar System, R - Robotic Science Explorer
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Engineering and Project Office
Deposited By: Ho, Tra-Mi
Deposited On:20 Aug 2021 12:02
Last Modified:07 Oct 2021 10:07

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