Mission analysis of the sample return from primitive type near earth asteroid

Yasuhiro Kawakatsu, Masanao Abe, Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi

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Reported in this paper is the result of the mission analysis of the asteroid explorer mission. Following the results of HAYABUSA, the Japanese asteroid explorer, JAXA has started the study of the next asteroid exploration mission. The mission now under study gives priority on "early" achievement of the sample return from an asteroid with primitive composition. Therefore, the design of the spacecraft follows that of HAYABUSA basically as it is, and the spacecraft is planned to be launched in early 2010s. The objective of the mission analysis is to design a mission sequence, which has launch window in early 2010s, which is feasible by a HAYABUSA-type spacecraft, and whose target asteroid complies with the science objective. The result includes the selection of the target asteroid, the design of nominal mission sequence, and some back up plans.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmerican Astronautical Society - Space Flight Mechanics 2007 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event17th Annual Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - Sedona, AZ, United States
Duration: 2007 Jan 282007 Feb 1

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume127 PART 2
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Conference17th Annual Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySedona, AZ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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