A survey of potential human-precursor robotic asteroid missions

Michael L. Cupples, Roberto Furfaro, Carl W. Hergenrother, Daniel R. Wibben, John N. Kidd

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Abstract

A preliminary mission analyses survey of conceptual robotic asteroid missions that are precursor to potential human asteroid missions is provided, yielding a set of parametric data that can be used for preliminary mission planning. For a set of carefully chosen asteroids, this study generated a table of delta-v data that extends over a range of launch opportunity dates and a range of total transfer times. A subjective comparison of missions was performed and the comparison results are reported, further evaluating the low delta-v analyses data based on a set of Key Performance Parameters that included Earth departure energy (C3) and total transfer time, as well as total delta-v. The key parameter comparison yielded a table of data that synthesizes the rather large set of mission analyses data into a set of "best" cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Pages561-578
Number of pages18
Volume142
StatePublished - 2012
Event2011 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, ASTRODYNAMICS 2011 - Girdwood, AK, United States
Duration: Jul 31 2011Aug 4 2011

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Other2011 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, ASTRODYNAMICS 2011
CountryUnited States
CityGirdwood, AK
Period7/31/118/4/11

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  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Cupples, M. L., Furfaro, R., Hergenrother, C. W., Wibben, D. R., & Kidd, J. N. (2012). A survey of potential human-precursor robotic asteroid missions. In Advances in the Astronautical Sciences (Vol. 142, pp. 561-578)

A survey of potential human-precursor robotic asteroid missions. / Cupples, Michael L.; Furfaro, Roberto; Hergenrother, Carl W.; Wibben, Daniel R.; Kidd, John N.

Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. Vol. 142 2012. p. 561-578.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Cupples, ML, Furfaro, R, Hergenrother, CW, Wibben, DR & Kidd, JN 2012, A survey of potential human-precursor robotic asteroid missions. in Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. vol. 142, pp. 561-578, 2011 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, ASTRODYNAMICS 2011, Girdwood, AK, United States, 7/31/11.
Cupples ML, Furfaro R, Hergenrother CW, Wibben DR, Kidd JN. A survey of potential human-precursor robotic asteroid missions. In Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. Vol. 142. 2012. p. 561-578
Cupples, Michael L. ; Furfaro, Roberto ; Hergenrother, Carl W. ; Wibben, Daniel R. ; Kidd, John N. / A survey of potential human-precursor robotic asteroid missions. Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. Vol. 142 2012. pp. 561-578
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