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Overview of Mission Design for NASA Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission ConceptPart of NASA's new asteroid initiative would be a robotic mission to capture a roughly four to ten meter asteroid and redirect its orbit to place it in translunar space. Once in a stable storage orbit at the Moon, astronauts would then visit the asteroid for science investigations, to test in space resource extraction, and to develop experience with human deep space missions. This paper discusses the mission design techniques that would enable the redirection of a 100-1000 metric ton asteroid into lunar orbit with a 40-50 kW Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) system.
Document ID
20150007879
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Strange, Nathan (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Landau, Damon (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
McElrath, Timothy (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Lantoine, Gregory (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Lam, Try (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
McGuire, Melissa (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Burke, Laura (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Martini, Michael (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Dankanich, John (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
May 11, 2015
Publication Date
October 6, 2013
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Astronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
IEPC-2013-321
Meeting Information
International Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC2013)(Washington, D. C.)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
Asteroid Redirect Robotic Vehicle (ARRV)
Moon
rendezvous,
Orion spacecraft
capture
Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)