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Methodology and Results of the Near-Earth Object (NEO) Human Space Flight (HSF) Accessible Targets Study (NHATS)Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) have been identified by the Administration as potential destinations for human explorers during the mid-2020s. Planning such ambitious missions requires selecting potentially accessible targets from the growing known population of 8,008 NEAs. NASA is therefore conducting the Near-Earth Object (NEO) Human Space Flight (HSF) Accessible Targets Study (NHATS), in which the trajectory opportunities to all known NEAs are being systematically evaluated with respect to a set of defined constraints. While the NHATS algorithms have identified hundreds of NEAs which satisfy purposely inclusive trajectory constraints, only a handful of them offer truly attractive mission opportunities in the time frame of greatest interest. In this paper we will describe the structure of the NHATS algorithms and the constraints utilized in the study, present current study results, and discuss various mission design considerations for future human space flight missions to NEAs.
Document ID
20110022660
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Authors
Barbee, Brent W. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Mink, Ronald G. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Adamo, Daniel R. (Adamo (Daniel R.) Consultant Houston, TX, United States)
Alberding, Cassandra M. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
July 31, 2011
Subject Category
Astronomy
Report/Patent Number
AAS 11-444
GSFC.CP,4818.2011
Meeting Information
AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference(Girdwood, AK)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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