Nereus sample return mission

Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi, Yasuhiro Morita, Tatsuaki Hashimoto, Takashi Kubota, Hiroshi Yamakawa, Hirobumi Saito

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To determine the origin of asteroids and furthermore the solar system, a sample return mission is now planned. This paper presents a mission scenario and the spacecraft design. Some new technologies which must be developed to achieve the mission under strict weight constraint are also described, for example, sampler which must be adaptable to any case of the asteroid surface state, electric propulsion system which is essential to reduce fuel, autonomous navigation of the spacecraft using optical camera, and design of capsule for Earth direct re-entry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-284
Number of pages8
JournalSpace Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Sep
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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