The actual dynamical environment about Itokawa

D. J. Scheeres, R. Gaskell, S. Abe, O. Barnouin-Jha, T. Hashimoto, J. Kawaguchi, T. Kubota, J. Saito, M. Yoshikawa, N. Hirata, T. Mukai, M. Ishiguro, T. Kominato, K. Shirakawa, M. Uo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

67 Citations (Scopus)


The dynamical environment about and on Asteroid 25143 Itokawa is studied using the shape and rotation state model estimated during the close proximity phase of the Hayabusa mission to that asteroid. We first discuss the general gravitational properties of the shape model assuming a constant density. Next we discuss the actual dynamical environment about this body, both on the surface and in orbit, and consider the orbital dynamics of a Hayabusa-like spacecraft. Then we detail one of the approaches used to estimate the mass of the body, using optical and lidar imaging, during the close proximity phase.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2006
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)1563478226, 9781563478222
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2006 - Keystone, CO, United States
Duration: 2006 Aug 212006 Aug 24

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2006


ConferenceAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKeystone, CO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'The actual dynamical environment about Itokawa'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this