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Probes to the inferior planets—A new dawn for NEO and IEO detection technology demonstration from heliocentric Orbits interior to the earth’s?

Grundmann, Jan Thimo and Mottola, Stefano and Drentschew, Maximilian and Drobczyk, Martin and Kahle, Ralph and Maiwald, Volker and Quantius, Dominik and Zabel, Paul and Zoest, Tim van (2013) Probes to the inferior planets—A new dawn for NEO and IEO detection technology demonstration from heliocentric Orbits interior to the earth’s? Acta Astronautica, 90 (1), pp. 129-145. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.10.011 ISSN 0094-5765

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S009457651200389X


Recent years have seen a renewed interest in exploration of the interior of the solar system. A number of missions are currently under way, in planning as well as in space, with the primary goal to expand our knowledge on the planets Mercury and Venus. Chemical propulsion missions to Mercury in particular require an extended cruise phase prior to arrival at their destination, usually involving multiple planetary fly-by manoeuvres and many revolutions in heliocentric orbit. The difficulties in discovering and tracking small objects interior to Earth’s orbit, mainly due to unfavourable viewing geometry as well as atmospheric interference, have long been noted by the solar system science and planetary defence communities. Space probes in the interior of the solar system are in a position to observe objects near or interior to Earth’s orbit in favourable opposition geometry. They are also usually free from planet-related interference, at least while in cruise, and often can be while in planetary eclipse. Dedicated search and survey missions to look for Near and Inner Earth Objects (NEO, IEO) from the vicinity of Earth or low Earth orbit are being planned. In this article, the ad-hoc available as well as near-term planned in-situ capabilities of the optical instrument payloads of space probes to Venus and Mercury are compiled from publications by the respective instrument teams. The small-object detection capabilities of cameras and spectrographs in opposition geometry are estimated by a common method, using data from comparable instruments to supplement missing Information where necessary. The on-board cameras are classified according to their small-object detection potential in a technology demonstration of asteroid detection from a heliocentric orbit substantially interior to Earth’s.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/88264/
Document Type:Article
Title:Probes to the inferior planets—A new dawn for NEO and IEO detection technology demonstration from heliocentric Orbits interior to the earth’s?
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Grundmann, Jan Thimojan.grundmann (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8809-0981
Mottola, Stefanostefano.mottola (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Drentschew, MaximilianZFT Zentrum für TelematikUNSPECIFIED
Drobczyk, Martinmartin.drobczyk (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kahle, Ralphralph.kahle (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Maiwald, Volkervolker.maiwald (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Quantius, DominikDominik.Quantius (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Zabel, PaulPaul.zabel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Zoest, Tim vanTim.Zoest (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.10.011
Page Range:pp. 129-145
Ailor, WilliamWilliam.H.Ailor@aero.org
Tremayne-Smith, Richardrichard.tremayne-smith@ntlworld.com
Series Name:SciVerse - ScienceDirect
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Entfaltungstechnologie . Solar Sail (old), R - Mascot Bus (old), R - Proj. AsteroidenFinder - Instrumente (old), R - Proj. AsteroidenFinder - Spacebus (old), R - Projekt AsteroidenFinder - Instrumente (old), R - Projekt AsteroidenFinder - Spacebus (old), R - Project MASCOT (old), R - Vorhaben Asteroiden und Kometen (old), W - Entfaltungstechnologie . Solar Sail (old), W - Projekt AsteroidenFinder - Instrumente (old), W - Projekt AsteroidenFinder - Spacebus (old), W - Vorhaben Asteroiden und Kometen (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Bremen , Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets
Institute of Space Systems > Explorationssysteme
Institute of Space Systems > Satellitensysteme
Institute of Space Systems > Systemanalyse Raumsegmente
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Deposited By: Grundmann, Jan Thimo
Deposited On:17 Feb 2014 11:08
Last Modified:01 Nov 2017 10:18

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