Garcia Yarnoz, Daniel and Sanchez Cuartielles, Joan-Pau and McInnes, Colin (2013) Passive sorting of asteroid material using solar radiation pressure. In: 23rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Conference, 2013-02-10 - 2013-02-14.
Yarnoz_D_et_al_Pure_Passive_sorting_of_asteroid_materal_using_solar_radiation_pressure_10_Feb_2013.pdf - Preprint
Understanding dust dynamics in asteroid environments is key for future science missions to asteroids and, in the long-term, also for asteroid exploitation. This paper proposes a novel way of manipulating asteroid material by means of solar radiation pressure (SRP). We envisage a method for passively sorting material as a function of its grain size where SRP is used as a passive in-situ ‘mass spec-trometer’. The analysis shows that this novel method allows an effective sorting of regolith material. This has immediate applications for sample return, and in-situ resource utilisation to separate different regolith particle sizes.
|Item type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Keywords:||asteroid resources, solar radiation pressure (SRP), asteroid exploitation, dust grain, mass spectrometry, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Control and Systems Engineering, Biomaterials, Space and Planetary Science|
|Subjects:||Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
|Department:||Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Technology and Innovation Centre > Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||05 Mar 2013 10:06|
|Last modified:||05 May 2016 10:36|