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A multi-mirror solution for the deflection of dangerous NEOs

Vasile, Massimiliano (2009) A multi-mirror solution for the deflection of dangerous NEOs. Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, 14 (12). pp. 4139-4152. ISSN 1007-5704

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Abstract

This paper presents some recent results on the deflection of potentially dangerous near earth objects. A particular deflection technique, employing a swarm of mirrors focusing the light of the Sun on the surface of the asteroid, is described. The swarm has to fly in formation with the asteroid, or hover in close proximity. The paper describes two different designs for the mirrors, and different options to place the spacecraft in the vicinity of the asteroid. In particular the paper shows a number of periodic formation orbits. As an alternative, results are shown by placing the spacecraft at fixed points in close proximity to the asteroid, where the solar pressure and the gravity attraction balance each other.

Item type: Article
ID code: 31139
Keywords: asteroid deflection, artificial equilibrium points , multiobjective optimization, formation flying , Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Control and Systems Engineering, Materials Science (miscellaneous)
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: 17 May 2011 11:24
Last modified: 18 Jun 2015 00:28
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/31139

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