Mission analysis for temporary geocentric asteroids

John N. Kidd, Roberto Furfaro, Daniel R. Wibben, Carl W. Hergenrother, Dante Lauretta

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Abstract

This paper presents a mission analysis study for manned missions to a special class of asteroids which have been captured in a temporary geocentric orbit, as demonstrated recently by the discovery of asteroid 2006 RH120. Possible trajectories to 2006 RH120 are surveyed using a preliminary global optimization tool based on differential evolution. The minimum ΔV trajectories found by our methodology show that temporary geocentric manned missions to 2006 RH120 can be as low as 3 km/sec if launched in 2028. Parametric studies show that feasible trajectories may have a total round trip between 150 and 210 days with a stay time between 10 and 20 days. A subset of the best preliminary trajectories are validated using a higher fidelity tool capable of modeling the gravitational influence of the more relevant bodies in the solar system. A brief and preliminary discussion on the options for mission architectures that implement the proposed class of trajectories is finally presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Aug 13 2012Aug 16 2012

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OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period8/13/128/16/12

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Asteroids
asteroids
Trajectories
trajectories
Solar system
Global optimization
guy wires
solar system
set theory
Orbits
methodology
orbits
optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Kidd, J. N., Furfaro, R., Wibben, D. R., Hergenrother, C. W., & Lauretta, D. (2012). Mission analysis for temporary geocentric asteroids. In AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012 https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2012-5060

Mission analysis for temporary geocentric asteroids. / Kidd, John N.; Furfaro, Roberto; Wibben, Daniel R.; Hergenrother, Carl W.; Lauretta, Dante.

AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012. 2012.

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

Kidd, JN, Furfaro, R, Wibben, DR, Hergenrother, CW & Lauretta, D 2012, Mission analysis for temporary geocentric asteroids. in AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012. AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012, Minneapolis, MN, United States, 8/13/12. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2012-5060
Kidd JN, Furfaro R, Wibben DR, Hergenrother CW, Lauretta D. Mission analysis for temporary geocentric asteroids. In AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012. 2012 https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2012-5060
Kidd, John N. ; Furfaro, Roberto ; Wibben, Daniel R. ; Hergenrother, Carl W. ; Lauretta, Dante. / Mission analysis for temporary geocentric asteroids. AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012. 2012.
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