Mitigation-relevant science with Don Quijote - a European-led mission to a near-Earth asteroid

A. W. Harris, A. Galvez, W. Benz, A. Fitzsimmons, S.F. Green, J. P. Michel, G. Valsecchi, M. Paetzold, B. Haeusler, I. Carnelli

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The Don Quijote concept includes a rendezvous spacecraft and an impactor vehicle The main aim of the mission is to carry out an experiment to demonstrate the modification of a near-Earth asteroid s orbit in a controlled way as a first step in establishing mitigation measures against an eventual hazardous object In particular the spacecraft would study the physical properties of the target asteroid and the effects of a kinetic impact on its dynamical state It is also expected that some spacecraft resources will be available for more general solar-system science investigations The Don Quijote mission is currently at the phase-A stage during which a number of European consortia of industrial and scientific partners will study its technical feasibility and potential scientific return The basic mission concept current scientific issues and the possibilities for international participation in the mission will be discussed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication36th COSPAR Scientific Assembly
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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