ESA F-Class Comet Interceptor: Trajectory Design to Intercept a Yet-to-be-discovered Comet

@inproceedings{Sanchez2021ESAFC,
  title={ESA F-Class Comet Interceptor: Trajectory Design to Intercept a Yet-to-be-discovered Comet},
  author={Joan Pau S'anchez and David Morante and P. Hermos{\'i}n and Daniel Ranuschio and Alvaro Estalella and Dayana Viera and Simone Centuori and Geraint H. Jones and Colin Snodgrass and Anny Chantal Levasseur-Regourd and Cecilia Tubiana},
  year={2021}
}
Comet Interceptor (Comet-I) was selected in June 2019 as the first ESA F-Class mission. In 2029, Comet-I will hitch a ride to a Sun-Earth L2 quasi-halo orbit, as a copassenger of ESA’s M4 ARIEL mission. It will then remain idle at the L2 point until the right departure conditions are met to intercept a yet-to-be-discovered long period comet (or interstellar body). The fact that Comet-I target is thus unidentified becomes a key aspect of the trajectory and mission design. The paper first… Expand

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