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Understanding dust dynamics in the vicinity of asteroids is key for future science missions and, in the long-term, for asteroid exploitation. This paper analyses the feasibility of manipulating asteroid material by means of solar radiation pressure. A novel method is proposed for passively sorting material as a function of its grain size or density, where solar radiation pressure is used as a passive in-situ ‘mass spectrometer’. A simplified analysis shows that in principle this method allows an effective sorting of regolith material. This could have immediate applications for a sample return mission, and for industrial scale in-situ resource utilization to separate and concentrate regolith according to particle size or composition.
|Journal||Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics|
|Early online date||28 Mar 2014|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2014|
|Event||23rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Conference - Kauai, Hawaii, United States|
Duration: 10 Feb 2013 → 14 Feb 2013
- asteroid exploitation
- asteroid resource utilisation
- solar radiation pressure
- near Earth asteroids
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