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Asteroid exploration and utilizationThe Earth is nearing depletion of its natural resources at a time when human beings are rapidly expanding the frontiers of space. The resources possessed by asteroids have enormous potential for aiding and enhancing human space exploration as well as life on Earth. Project STONER (Systematic Transfer of Near Earth Resources) is based on mining an asteroid and transporting raw materials back to Earth. The asteroid explorer/sample return mission is designed in the context of both scenarios and is the first phase of a long range plan for humans to utilize asteroid resources. Project STONER is divided into two parts: asteroid selection and explorer spacecraft design. The spacecraft design team is responsible for the selection and integration of the subsystems: GNC, communications, automation, propulsion, power, structures, thermal systems, scientific instruments, and mechanisms used on the surface to retrieve and store asteroid regolith. The sample return mission scenario consists of eight primary phases that are critical to the mission.
Document ID
19940021204
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Radovich, Brian M. (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Carlson, Alan E. (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Date, Medha D. (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Duarte, Manny G. (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Erian, Neil F. (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Gafka, George K. (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Kappler, Peter H. (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Patano, Scott J. (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Perez, Martin (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Ponce, Edgar (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: USRA, Proceedings of the 8th Annual Summer Conference: NASA(USRA Advanced Design Program
Subject Category
ASTROPHYSICS
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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