CASTAway: An asteroid main belt tour and survey

Show simple item record Bowles, N. E. Snodgrass, C. Gibbings, A. Sanchez, J. P. Arnold, J. A. Eccleston, P. Andert, T. Probst, A. Naletto, G. Vandaele, A. C. de Leon, J. Nathues, A. Thomas, I. R. Thomas, N. Jorda, L. Da Deppo, V. Haack, H. Green, S. F. Carry, B. Donaldson Hanna, K. L. Leif Jorgensen, J. Kereszturi, A. DeMeo, F. E. Patel, M. R. Davies, J. K. Clarke, F. Kinch, K. Guilbert-Lepoutre, A. Agarwal, J. Rivkin, A. S. Pravec, P. Fornasier, S. Granvik, M. Jones, R. H. Murdoch, N. Joy, K. H. Pascale, E. Tecza, M. Barnes, J. M. Licandro, J. Greenhagen, B. T. Calcutt, S. B. Marriner, C. M. Warren, T. Tosh, I. 2018-11-16T11:41:04Z 2018-11-16T11:41:04Z 2017-11-01
dc.identifier.citation CASTAway: An asteroid main belt tour and survey en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 0273-1177
dc.description.abstract CASTAway is a mission concept to explore our Solar System’s main asteroid belt. Asteroids and comets provide a window into the formation and evolution of our Solar System and the composition of these objects can be inferred from space-based remote sensing using spectroscopic techniques. Variations in composition across the asteroid populations provide a tracer for the dynamical evolution of the Solar System. The mission combines a long-range (point source) telescopic survey of over 10,000 objects, targeted close encounters with 10–20 asteroids and serendipitous searches to constrain the distribution of smaller (e.g. 10 m) size objects into a single concept. With a carefully targeted trajectory that loops through the asteroid belt, CASTAway would provide a comprehensive survey of the main belt at multiple scales. The scientific payload comprises a 50 cm diameter telescope that includes an integrated low-resolution (R = 30–100) spectrometer and visible context imager, a thermal (e.g. 6–16 µm) imager for use during the flybys, and modified star tracker cameras to detect small (∼10 m) asteroids. The CASTAway spacecraft and payload have high levels of technology readiness and are designed to fit within the programmatic and cost caps for a European Space Agency medium class mission, while delivering a significant increase in knowledge of our Solar System. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Elsevier en_UK
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International *
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dc.subject Main Asteroid Belt en_UK
dc.subject Survey en_UK
dc.subject Flyby en_UK
dc.subject Mapping en_UK
dc.subject Remote sensing en_UK
dc.title CASTAway: An asteroid main belt tour and survey en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK

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