Passive sorting of asteroid material using solar radiation pressure

Daniel Garcia Yarnoz, Joan-Pau Sanchez Cuartielles, Colin McInnes

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Abstract

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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1223-1235
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics
Volume37
Issue number4
Early online date28 Mar 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Event23rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Conference - Kauai, Hawaii, United States
Duration: 10 Feb 201314 Feb 2013

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Asteroids
Solar Radiation
radiation pressure
solar radiation
asteroids
Solar radiation
classifying
Sorting
asteroid
sorting
regolith
in situ resource utilization
sample return missions
Grain Size
Mass spectrometers
exploitation
Particle Size
Spectrometer
Exploitation
mass spectrometers

Keywords

  • asteroid exploitation
  • asteroid resource utilisation
  • solar radiation pressure
  • near Earth asteroids

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Garcia Yarnoz, Daniel ; Sanchez Cuartielles, Joan-Pau ; McInnes, Colin. / Passive sorting of asteroid material using solar radiation pressure. In: Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 2014 ; Vol. 37, No. 4. pp. 1223-1235.
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Garcia Yarnoz, D, Sanchez Cuartielles, J-P & McInnes, C 2014, 'Passive sorting of asteroid material using solar radiation pressure' Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 1223-1235. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.62412

Passive sorting of asteroid material using solar radiation pressure. / Garcia Yarnoz, Daniel; Sanchez Cuartielles, Joan-Pau; McInnes, Colin.

In: Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 4, 07.2014, p. 1223-1235.

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