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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, Nicole and Goetz, W. and Kachri, Z. (2009) ASTEX: An in situ exploration mission to two near-Earth asteroids. Advances in Space Research, 45 (1), pp. 169-182. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2009.10.008

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273117709006693

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.

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Document Type:Article
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Title:ASTEX: An in situ exploration mission to two near-Earth asteroids
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Nathues, A.Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max-Planck Str. 2, 37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Boehnhardt, H.Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max-Planck Str. 2, 37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Harris, A.W.alan.harris (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Jentsch, C.Astrium GmbH, Claude-Dornier-Straße, 88039 Friedrichshafen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Schaeff, S.Astos Solutions, Grund 1, 78089 Unterkirnach, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Weischede, F.DLR GSOC, Münchner Straße 20, 82234 Weßling, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Wiegand, A.Astos Solutions, Grund 1, 78089 Unterkirnach, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Schmitz, NicoleNicole.Schmitz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Goetz, W.Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max-Planck Str. 2, 37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Kachri, Z.LSE Space AG, Münchner Straße 20, 82234 Weßling, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Date:2009
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Space Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
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
Institute of Planetary Research
Deposited By: Noack, Lena
Deposited On:08 Dec 2009 12:15
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:27

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