Launch analyses supporting conceptual human-precursor robotic asteroid missions

Badejo O. Adebonojo, Michael L. Cupples, Roberto Furfaro, John N. Kidd

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From a set of carefully selected asteroids, a study of conceptual asteroid missions was conducted using a stochastic direct search global optimization process, assuming a set of Key Performance Parameters (KPP's). The key parameters from the best case set included the minimum Escape Energy (C3) as well as the minimum mission total delta V for each asteroid, for both direct and gravity assisted missions. The objective of the current study to determine the launch window times required to achieve ascent and injection onto the outbound trajectory required for either the direct or gravity assisted mission to the selected asteroid, taking into consideration the impact of the range safety limits on the launch azimuths. A set of flyout trajectory orbital elements corresponding to the launch windows will be provided, and a preliminary assessment of the resulting launch vehicle payload delivery capability and margins will be conducted provided based on launch vehicle vendor data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASTRODYNAMICS 2011 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780877035770
StatePublished - 2012
Event2011 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, ASTRODYNAMICS 2011 - Girdwood, AK, United States
Duration: Jul 31 2011Aug 4 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Other2011 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, ASTRODYNAMICS 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityGirdwood, AK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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