Hayabusa-Its technology and science accomplishment summary and Hayabusa-2

Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi, Akira Fujiwara, Tono Uesugi

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Hayabusa performed five descents last November, among which two touching-down flights were included. Actually Hayabusa made three touching-downs and one long landing on the surface of Itokawa during those two flights. This paper summarizes how series of descents were planned and operated. The contents focus their attention on the correction maneuvers planning as well as what kind of terminals with what kind of software tools were actually built and used. The project team had distilled and accumulated their experiences through the rehearsal flights and accomplished this difficult mission. This paper presents the entire story about it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-647
Number of pages9
JournalActa Astronautica
Issue number10-11
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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