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CASTAway: An asteroid main belt tour and survey

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. and Tosh, I. (2018). CASTAway: An asteroid main belt tour and survey. Advances in Space Research, 62(8) pp. 1998–2025.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 COSPAR
ISSN: 0273-1177
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Planetary Science at the Open University 2017-2020ST/P000657/1STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council)
Keywords: Main Asteroid Belt; survey; flyby; mapping; remote sensing
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Space
Item ID: 54243
Depositing User: Simon Green
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 09:21
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2019 12:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/54243
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