CASTAway

An asteroid main belt tour and survey

N. E. Bowles*, C. Snodgrass, A. Gibbings, J. P. Sanchez, J. A. Arnold, P. Eccleston, T. Andert, A. Probst, G. Naletto, A. C. Vandaele, J. de Leon, A. Nathues, I. R. Thomas, N. Thomas, L. Jorda, V. Da Deppo, H. Haack, S. F. Green, B. Carry, K. L. Donaldson Hanna & 25 others J. Leif Jorgensen, A. Kereszturi, F. E. DeMeo, M. R. Patel, J. K. Davies, F. Clarke, K. Kinch, A. Guilbert-Lepoutre, J. Agarwal, A. S. Rivkin, P. Pravec, S. Fornasier, M. Granvik, R. H. Jones, N. Murdoch, K. H. Joy, E. Pascale, M. Tecza, J. M. Barnes, J. Licandro, B. T. Greenhagen, S. B. Calcutt, C. M. Marriner, T. Warren, I. Tosh

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Abstract

CASTAway is a mission concept to explore our Solar System's main asteroid belt. Asteroids and comets provide a window into the formation and evolution of our Solar System and the composition of these objects can be inferred from space-based remote sensing using spectroscopic techniques. Variations in composition across the asteroid populations provide a tracer for the dynamical evolution of the Solar System. The mission combines a long-range (point source) telescopic survey of over 10,000 objects, targeted close encounters with 10–20 asteroids and serendipitous searches to constrain the distribution of smaller (e.g. 10 m) size objects into a single concept. With a carefully targeted trajectory that loops through the asteroid belt, CASTAway would provide a comprehensive survey of the main belt at multiple scales. The scientific payload comprises a 50 cm diameter telescope that includes an integrated low-resolution (R = 30–100) spectrometer and visible context imager, a thermal (e.g. 6–16 µm) imager for use during the flybys, and modified star tracker cameras to detect small (∼10 m) asteroids. The CASTAway spacecraft and payload have high levels of technology readiness and are designed to fit within the programmatic and cost caps for a European Space Agency medium class mission, while delivering a significant increase in knowledge of our Solar System.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvances in space research
Volume62
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1998-2025
ISSN0273-1177
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Flyby
  • Main Asteroid Belt
  • Mapping
  • Remote sensing
  • Survey

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Bowles, N. E., Snodgrass, C., Gibbings, A., Sanchez, J. P., Arnold, J. A., Eccleston, P., ... Tosh, I. (2018). CASTAway: An asteroid main belt tour and survey. Advances in space research, 62(8), 1998-2025. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2017.10.021
Bowles, N. E. ; Snodgrass, C. ; Gibbings, A. ; Sanchez, J. P. ; Arnold, J. A. ; Eccleston, P. ; Andert, T. ; Probst, A. ; Naletto, G. ; Vandaele, A. C. ; de Leon, J. ; Nathues, A. ; Thomas, I. R. ; Thomas, N. ; Jorda, L. ; Da Deppo, V. ; Haack, H. ; Green, S. F. ; Carry, B. ; Donaldson Hanna, K. L. ; Leif Jorgensen, J. ; Kereszturi, A. ; DeMeo, F. E. ; Patel, M. R. ; Davies, J. K. ; Clarke, F. ; Kinch, K. ; Guilbert-Lepoutre, A. ; Agarwal, J. ; Rivkin, A. S. ; Pravec, P. ; Fornasier, S. ; Granvik, M. ; Jones, R. H. ; Murdoch, N. ; Joy, K. H. ; Pascale, E. ; Tecza, M. ; Barnes, J. M. ; Licandro, J. ; Greenhagen, B. T. ; Calcutt, S. B. ; Marriner, C. M. ; Warren, T. ; Tosh, I. / CASTAway : An asteroid main belt tour and survey. In: Advances in space research. 2018 ; Vol. 62, No. 8. pp. 1998-2025.
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In: Advances in space research, Vol. 62, No. 8, 2018, p. 1998-2025.

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Bowles NE, Snodgrass C, Gibbings A, Sanchez JP, Arnold JA, Eccleston P et al. CASTAway: An asteroid main belt tour and survey. Advances in space research. 2018;62(8):1998-2025. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2017.10.021