Memorias de investigación
Communications at congresses:
Earth Delivery of a Small NEO with an Ion Beam Shepherd
Year:2012

Research Areas
  • Physics & space science

Information
Abstract
The possibility of capturing a small Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) and deliver it to the vicinity of the Earth has been recently explored by different authors. The key advantage would be to allow a cheap and quick access to the NEA for science, resource utilization and other purposes. Among the different challenges related to this operation stands the difficulty of robotically capturing the object, whose composition and dynamical state could be problematic. In order to simplify the capture operation we propose the use of a collimated ion beam ejected from a hovering spacecraft in order to maneuver the object without direct physical contact. The feasibility of a possible asteroid retrieval mission is evaluated.
International
Si
Congress
22nd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
960
Place
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
978-0-87703-581-7
Start Date
29/01/2012
End Date
02/02/2012
From page
371
To page
378
ADVANCES IN THE ASTRONAUTICAL SCIENCES, Vol. 143
Participants

Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Departamento: Física Aplicada a la Ingeniería Aeronáutica