Asteroid rotation and orbit control via laser ablation

Massimo Vetrisano, Camilla Colombo, Massimiliano Vasile

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

11 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper presents an approach to control the rotational motion of an asteroid while a spacecraft is deflecting its trajectory through laser ablation. During the deflection, the proximity motion of the spacecraft is coupled with the orbital and rotational motion of the asteroid. The combination of the deflection acceleration, solar radiation pressure, gravity field and plume impingement will force the spacecraft to drift away from the asteroid. In turn, a variation of the motion of the spacecraft produces a change in the modulus and direction of the deflection action which modifies the rotational and orbital motion of the asteroid. An on-board state estimation and control algorithm is then presented that simultaneously provides an optimal proximity control and a control of the rotational motion of the asteroid. It will be shown that the simultaneous control of the rotational and proximity motions of asteroid and spacecraft has a significant impact on the required deflection time.

LanguageEnglish
Pages1762–1782
Number of pages21
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Volume57
Issue number8
Early online date3 Jul 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2016

Fingerprint

Asteroids
Laser ablation
asteroids
ablation
asteroid
laser ablation
Orbits
laser
Spacecraft
orbits
spacecraft
deflection
proximity
state estimation
State estimation
gravity field
Solar radiation
impingement
radiation pressure
solar radiation

Keywords

  • asteroid deflection
  • asteroid rotation control
  • proximity operation
  • rotational dynamics
  • spacecraft control

Cite this

Vetrisano, Massimo ; Colombo, Camilla ; Vasile, Massimiliano. / Asteroid rotation and orbit control via laser ablation. In: Advances in Space Research. 2016 ; Vol. 57, No. 8. pp. 1762–1782.
@article{9a5042f7730443e9819d34bfe5e84ebf,
title = "Asteroid rotation and orbit control via laser ablation",
abstract = "This paper presents an approach to control the rotational motion of an asteroid while a spacecraft is deflecting its trajectory through laser ablation. During the deflection, the proximity motion of the spacecraft is coupled with the orbital and rotational motion of the asteroid. The combination of the deflection acceleration, solar radiation pressure, gravity field and plume impingement will force the spacecraft to drift away from the asteroid. In turn, a variation of the motion of the spacecraft produces a change in the modulus and direction of the deflection action which modifies the rotational and orbital motion of the asteroid. An on-board state estimation and control algorithm is then presented that simultaneously provides an optimal proximity control and a control of the rotational motion of the asteroid. It will be shown that the simultaneous control of the rotational and proximity motions of asteroid and spacecraft has a significant impact on the required deflection time.",
keywords = "asteroid deflection, asteroid rotation control, proximity operation, rotational dynamics, spacecraft control",
author = "Massimo Vetrisano and Camilla Colombo and Massimiliano Vasile",
year = "2016",
month = "4",
day = "15",
doi = "10.1016/j.asr.2015.06.035",
language = "English",
volume = "57",
pages = "1762–1782",
journal = "Advances in Space Research",
issn = "0273-1177",
number = "8",

}

Asteroid rotation and orbit control via laser ablation. / Vetrisano, Massimo; Colombo, Camilla; Vasile, Massimiliano.

In: Advances in Space Research, Vol. 57, No. 8, 15.04.2016, p. 1762–1782.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Asteroid rotation and orbit control via laser ablation

AU - Vetrisano, Massimo

AU - Colombo, Camilla

AU - Vasile, Massimiliano

PY - 2016/4/15

Y1 - 2016/4/15

N2 - This paper presents an approach to control the rotational motion of an asteroid while a spacecraft is deflecting its trajectory through laser ablation. During the deflection, the proximity motion of the spacecraft is coupled with the orbital and rotational motion of the asteroid. The combination of the deflection acceleration, solar radiation pressure, gravity field and plume impingement will force the spacecraft to drift away from the asteroid. In turn, a variation of the motion of the spacecraft produces a change in the modulus and direction of the deflection action which modifies the rotational and orbital motion of the asteroid. An on-board state estimation and control algorithm is then presented that simultaneously provides an optimal proximity control and a control of the rotational motion of the asteroid. It will be shown that the simultaneous control of the rotational and proximity motions of asteroid and spacecraft has a significant impact on the required deflection time.

AB - This paper presents an approach to control the rotational motion of an asteroid while a spacecraft is deflecting its trajectory through laser ablation. During the deflection, the proximity motion of the spacecraft is coupled with the orbital and rotational motion of the asteroid. The combination of the deflection acceleration, solar radiation pressure, gravity field and plume impingement will force the spacecraft to drift away from the asteroid. In turn, a variation of the motion of the spacecraft produces a change in the modulus and direction of the deflection action which modifies the rotational and orbital motion of the asteroid. An on-board state estimation and control algorithm is then presented that simultaneously provides an optimal proximity control and a control of the rotational motion of the asteroid. It will be shown that the simultaneous control of the rotational and proximity motions of asteroid and spacecraft has a significant impact on the required deflection time.

KW - asteroid deflection

KW - asteroid rotation control

KW - proximity operation

KW - rotational dynamics

KW - spacecraft control

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84937713360&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.asr.2015.06.035

DO - 10.1016/j.asr.2015.06.035

M3 - Article

VL - 57

SP - 1762

EP - 1782

JO - Advances in Space Research

T2 - Advances in Space Research

JF - Advances in Space Research

SN - 0273-1177

IS - 8

ER -