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PANIC – A surface science package for the in situ characterization of a near-Earth asteroid

Schindler, Karsten and Thomas, Cristina A. and Reddy, Vishnu and Weber, Andreas and Gruska, Stefan and Fasoulas, Stefanos (2011) PANIC – A surface science package for the in situ characterization of a near-Earth asteroid. Acta Astronautica, 68 (11-12), pp. 1800-1810. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.01.012.

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This paper presents the results of a mission concept study for an autonomous micro-scale surface lander also referred to as PANIC – the Pico Autonomous Near-Earth Asteroid In Situ Characterizer. The lander is based on the shape of a regular tetrahedron with an edge length of 35 cm, has a total mass of approximately 12 kg and utilizes hopping as a locomotion mechanism in microgravity. PANIC houses four scientific instruments in its proposed baseline configuration which enable the in situ characterization of an asteroid. It is carried by an interplanetary probe to its target and released to the surface after rendezvous. Detailed estimates of all critical subsystem parameters were derived to demonstrate the feasibility of this concept. The study illustrates that a small, simple landing element is a viable alternative to complex traditional lander concepts, adding a significant science return to any near-Earth asteroid (NEA) mission while meeting tight mass budget constraints.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/69641/
Document Type:Article
Title:PANIC – A surface science package for the in situ characterization of a near-Earth asteroid
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Thomas, Cristina A.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Reddy, VishnuUniversity of North DakotaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Weber, AndreasTechnische Universität DresdenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gruska, StefanTechnische Universität DresdenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fasoulas, StefanosTechnische Universität DresdenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:23 February 2011
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1800-1810
Keywords:Asteroid; NEA; Exploration; Lander; In situ; Small spacecraft
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 > Planetary Sensor Systems
Deposited By: Schindler, Karsten
Deposited On:11 May 2011 14:13
Last Modified:18 Mar 2024 13:19

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