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Interstellar Object Accessibility and Mission Design

Donitz, Benjamin P. S. and Mages, Declan and Tsukamoto, Hiroyasu and Dixon, Peter and Landau, Damon and Chung, Soon-Jo and Bufanda, Erica and Ingham, Michel and Castillo-Rogez, Julie (2022) Interstellar Object Accessibility and Mission Design. . (Unpublished)

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Interstellar objects (ISOs) are fascinating and under-explored celestial objects, providing physical laboratories to understand the formation of our solar system and probe the composition and properties of material formed in exoplanetary systems. This paper will discuss the accessibility of and mission design to ISOs with varying characteristics, including a discussion of state covariance estimation over the course of a cruise, handoffs from traditional navigation approaches to novel autonomous navigation for fast flyby regimes, and overall recommendations about preparing for the future in situ exploration of these targets. The lessons learned also apply to the fast flyby of other small bodies including long-period comets and potentially hazardous asteroids, which also require a tactical response with similar characteristics.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Discussion Paper)
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Mages, Declan0000-0002-2783-2144
Tsukamoto, Hiroyasu0000-0002-6337-2667
Chung, Soon-Jo0000-0002-6657-3907
Bufanda, Erica0000-0002-0406-8518
Ingham, Michel0000-0001-5893-543X
Castillo-Rogez, Julie0000-0003-0400-1038
Additional Information:© 2023 California Institute of Technology. This work is being carried out in part at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract to NASA. Government sponsorship acknowledged.
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Deposited By: George Porter
Deposited On:17 Mar 2023 00:21
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