Descent and touchdown dynamics for sampling in Hayabusa mission

Takashi Kubota, Masatsugu Otsuki, Hajime Yano, Tatsuaki Hashimoto, Nobutaka Bando, Makoto Tamura, Masashi Uo, Ken'ichi Shirakawa, Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi

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3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Hayabusa spacecraft performed the final descents and touchdowns twice in November 2005. In final descent phase, terrain alignment maneuvers were accomplished to control both altitude and attitude with respect to the surface by using four beams Laser Range Finder onboard. Then Hayabusa spacecraft made dynamic touchdowns the surface of the asteroid by the sampler system to collect samples automatically. This paper presents the terrain alignment maneuver and touchdown scheme. This paper also describes the novel sample horn system and touchdown dynamics. Touchdown tests on the ground are presented. Then the flight results on descent and touchdown dynamics are shown and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA 57th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2006
Pages4204-4213
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA 57th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2006 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 2006 Oct 22006 Oct 6

Publication series

NameAIAA 57th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2006
Volume6

Other

OtherAIAA 57th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2006
Country/TerritorySpain
CityValencia
Period06/10/206/10/6

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering

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