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Advanced robotic system of hopping rovers for small solar system bodies

  title={Advanced robotic system of hopping rovers for small solar system bodies},
  author={Tetsuo Yoshimitsu and Takashi Kubota and Tadashi Adachi and Yoji Kuroda},
Japan has announced the official development of “Hayabusa-2”, the second sample return mission to a Near-Earth asteroid. When the development is made smoothly, Hayabusa-2 will be launched in 2014. The predecessor spacecraft “Hayabusa” made a great success when it returned to the Earth in June 2010 with a capsule containing some particles obtained from S-type asteroid “Itokawa.” The authors installed a tiny hopping rover called “MINERVA” into Hayabusa spacecraft. With this experience, the… 
Intelligent rover with hopping mechanism for asteroid exploration
  • T. KubotaT. Yoshimitsu
  • Physics
    2013 6th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST)
  • 2013
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  • A. Kemurdjian
  • Physics
    Proceedings. 1998 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (Cat. No.98CH36146)
  • 1998
In this report the typical problems of the design and creation of a planet-rover are observed and the examples of its solution are proposed.
Hayabusa’s Reentry and Recovery of Its Capsule
  • 61st International Astronautical Congress, No.IAC-10,A3,5,1,x7368, 2010.
  • 2010