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Earth’s Temporarily-Captured Natural Satellites – The First Step towards Utilization of Asteroid Resources

  • Mikael Granvik
  • Robert Jedicke
  • Bryce Bolin
  • Monique Chyba
  • Geoff Patterson
  • Gautier Picot

Abstract

Granvik et al. (2012) predict that the Earth is surrounded by a cloud of small temporarily-captured asteroids. These temporarily-captured orbiters (TCOs) originate in the near-Earth-object (NEO) population and are temporarily captured in the potential well of the Earth-Moon system (EMS). Granvik et al. (2012) predict that the largest object in orbit around Earth at any given moment (other than the Moon) has a diameter D ~1 m (Sect. 6.2). The number of TCOs is inversely proportional to their size such that there are on the order of 103 0.1-meter-diameter TCOs in orbit around Earth at any given time.

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Geostationary Orbit Geostationary Earth Orbit Small Asteroid Rubble Pile Rendezvous Mission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mikael Granvik
    • 1
  • Robert Jedicke
    • 2
  • Bryce Bolin
    • 2
  • Monique Chyba
    • 2
  • Geoff Patterson
    • 2
  • Gautier Picot
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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