The autonomous asteroid mapping mission "bering"

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Asteroids are believed to be the remnants of the material from which the Solar System formed. This view is supported by the way the predominating asteroid type changes with increasing distance from the Sun within the asteroid belt. High-speed collisions between asteroids are gradually resulting in their break-up. The size distribution of kilometer-sized asteroids implies that the presently un-detected population of sub-kilometer asteroids far outnumber the known larger objects. Sub-kilometer asteroids are expected to provide unique insight into the evolution of the asteroid belt and to the meteorite-asteroid connection. We propose a space mission to detect and characterize sub-kilometer asteroids between Jupiter and Venus. The mission is named "Bering" after the famous navigator and explorer Vitus Bering. A key feature of the mission is an advanced payload package, providing full on board autonomy of both object detection and tracking, which is required in order to study fast moving objects in deep space. The autonomy has the added advantage of reducing the cost of running the mission to a minimum, thus enabling science to focus on the main objectives.

TidsskriftEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Udgave nummer542
Sider (fra-til)307-312
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 1 nov. 2003
BegivenhedProceedings of the 5th IAA International Conference on Low-Cost Planetary Missions - Noordwijk, Holland
Varighed: 24 sep. 200326 sep. 2003


KonferenceProceedings of the 5th IAA International Conference on Low-Cost Planetary Missions

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