The Bering small vehicle asteroid mission concept

Rene Michelsen, Anja Andersen, Henning Haack, John Leif Jørgensen, Maurizio Betto, Peter Siegbjørn Jørgensen

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    The study of asteroids is traditionally performed by means of large Earth based telescopes, by means of which orbital elements and spectral properties are acquired. Space borne research, has so far been limited to a few occasional flybys and a couple of dedicated flights to a single selected target. Although the telescope based research offers precise orbital information, it is limited to the brighter, larger objects, and taxonomy as well as morphology resolution is limited. Conversely, dedicated missions offer detailed surface mapping in radar, visual, and prompt gamma, but only for a few selected targets. The dilemma obviously being the resolution versus distance and the statistics versus DeltaV requirements. Using advanced instrumentation and onboard autonomy, we have developed a space mission concept whose goal is to map the flux, size, and taxonomy distributions of asteroids. The main focus is on main belt objects, but the mission profile will enable mapping of objects inside the Earth orbit as well.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalNew York Academy of Sciences. Annals
    Issue number328-349
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventConference on New Trends in Astrodynamics and Applications - University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States
    Duration: 2 Jan 200322 Jan 2003


    ConferenceConference on New Trends in Astrodynamics and Applications
    LocationUniversity of Maryland
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityCollege Park, MD


    • asteroid mission concept
    • small vehicle
    • Bering


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