Osiris-rex frozen orbit design and flight experience

Daniel R. Wibben, Andrew Levine, Samantha Rieger, James V. McAdams, Peter G. Antreasian, Jason M. Leonard, Michael C. Moreau, Dante S. Lauretta

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The OSIRIS-REx mission successfully entered a closed orbit around target asteroid Bennu for the first time on December 31, 2018. Due to the extremely low gravity of the asteroid, a specific orbit design was necessary to balance the perturbations provided from solar radiation pressure in order to maintain spacecraft safety, meet mission requirements, and demonstrate orbit stability over a propagation period of several months. This paper describes the design for OSIRIS-REx’s record-setting orbit and the as-flown performance of the spacecraft while it remained in orbit for two months without need for orbit maintenance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2019
EditorsKenneth R. Horneman, Christopher Scott, Brian W. Hansen, Islam I. Hussein
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780877036654
StatePublished - 2020
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2019 - Portland, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2019Aug 15 2019

Publication series

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


ConferenceAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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