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High-fidelity trajectory design to flyby near-Earth asteroids using Cubesats

Author
Machuca, P.; Sánchez, J.P.; Masdemont, J.J.; Gomez Muntané, Gerard
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Acta astronautica
Date of publication
2019-09-02
Volume
167
First page
146
Last page
163
DOI
10.1016/j.actaastro.2019.09.041
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/178155 Open in new window
URL
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0094576519313426 Open in new window
Abstract
Fast development of CubeSat technology now enables the first interplanetary missions. The potential application of CubeSats to flyby near-Earth asteroids is explored in this paper in consideration of CubeSats' limited propulsive capabilities and systems constraints. Low-energy asteroid flyby trajectories are designed assuming a CubeSat is initially parked around to the Sun-Earth Lagrange points. High-impulse and low-thrust trajectories with realistic thrusting models are computed first in the Ci...
Citation
Machuca, P. [et al.]. High-fidelity trajectory design to flyby near-Earth asteroids using Cubesats. "Acta astronautica", 2 Setembre 2019, vol. 167, p. 146-163.
Keywords
CubeSats, Interplanetary, Lagrange points, Low-thrust trajectories, Near-Earth asteroids, Sun-Earth, Trajectory design
Group of research
SD - UPC Dynamical Systems

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