Trajectory design of multiple asteroid sample return missions

M. Morimoto, H. Yamakawa, M. Yoshikawa, M. Abe, H. Yano

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As one of the potential candidates of the "post-MUSES-C" minor body exploration to be launched around 2010, we have investigated scientific justifications and feasible mission scenarios. Two mission types are focused on among many other proposed mission concepts. One is the multiple rendezvous and sample return mission to asteroids whose spectral type is already known. The other is the multiple fly-bys and sample return mission to an asteroid family. This paper reports the preliminary design results of these two proposed missions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2281-2285
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Asteroid research
  • Multiple asteroid sample return missions
  • Multiple rendezvous
  • Proposed missions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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