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What’s Out There? Asteroid Models for Target Selection and Mission Planning



Sending probes to asteroids for prospecting and, ultimately, mining, is fundamentally different from purely exploratory space missions. Time, cost-efficiency, and an industrially acceptable rate of success are key issues. We should be able to investigate targets that are easy to reach and are probably suitable for mining purposes; i.e., they contain enough material resources and provide favourable working environments. While such prior selection cannot be foolproof, we increase our chances of success by characterizing the potential targets as well as possible prior to space missions (e.g., Mueller et al. 2011).


Inverse Problem Target Selection Mission Planning Adaptive Optic Binary Asteroid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tampere University of TechnologyTampereFinland
  2. 2.Charles University in PraguePragueCzech Republic

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