MUSES-C, its launch and early orbit operations

Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi, Hitoshi Kuninaka, Akira Fujiwara, Tono Uesugi

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The MUSES-C was launched on May 9th of this year and was named 'Hayabusa'. It takes an aim at the world's first sample and return from a near Earth asteroid, 1998SF36 now renamed "Itokawa". The spacecraft is a kind of technology demonstrator with four key technologies. The paper presents a quick report on the initial operation of the ion engines aboard and will show how the attitude control has been performed incorporating the closed loop de-saturation function onboard. The paper also presents how much delta-V has been applied to the spacecraft as well as how the orbit determination under the low-thrust acceleration has been performed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number542
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Nov
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 5th IAA International Conference on Low-Cost Planetary Missions - Noordwijk, Netherlands
Duration: 2003 Sep 242003 Sep 26

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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