Understanding dust dynamics in asteroid environments is key for future science missions to asteroids and, in the long-term, also for asteroid exploitation. This paper proposes a novel way of manipulating asteroid material by means of solar radiation pressure (SRP). We envisage a method for passively sorting material as a function of its grain size where SRP is used as a passive in-situ ‘mass spec-trometer’. The analysis shows that this novel method allows an effective sorting of regolith material. This has immediate applications for sample return, and in-situ resource utilisation to separate different regolith particle sizes.
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Feb 2013|
|Event||23rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Conference - Kauai, Hawaii, United States|
Duration: 10 Feb 2013 → 14 Feb 2013
|Conference||23rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Conference|
|Period||10/02/13 → 14/02/13|
- asteroid resources
- solar radiation pressure (SRP)
- asteroid exploitation
- dust grain
- mass spectrometry
Garcia Yarnoz, D., Sanchez Cuartielles, J-P., & McInnes, C. (2013). Passive sorting of asteroid material using solar radiation pressure. Paper presented at 23rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Conference, Kauai, Hawaii, United States.