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Conceptual design of a multi-mirror system for asteroid deflection

Maddock, Christie and Vasile, Massimiliano and Summerer, Leopold (2009) Conceptual design of a multi-mirror system for asteroid deflection. In: 27th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science, 2009-07-05 - 2009-07-12, Epochal Tsukuba.

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Abstract

This paper presents the conceptual design of multiple spacecraft system for the use of deflecting Near Earth Asteroids. Each spacecraft is equipped with a solar concentrator assembly, which focuses the solar light, and a beaming system that projects a beam of light onto the surface of the asteroid. When the beams from each spacecraft are superimposed, the temperature on the surface is enough to sublimate the rock, creatng a debris plume with enough force to slowly alter the orbit of Apophis. An overview of the dynamics, control and navigation strategies is presented along with simulated results of the deviation distance achieved for various mission configurations.

Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID code: 30495
Keywords: asteroid deflection, solar sublimination, formation flying, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Control and Systems Engineering, Computational Mechanics
Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2011 13:38
Last modified: 23 Jul 2015 22:19
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/30495

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