Measurement requirements for a Near-Earth Asteroid impact mitigation demonstration mission

  title={Measurement requirements for a Near-Earth Asteroid impact mitigation demonstration mission},
  author={Stephen D. Wolters and Andrew J. Ball and Nigel S. Wells and Christopher Saunders and N. Mcbride},
  journal={Planetary and Space Science},
A concept for an Impact Mitigation Preparation Mission, called Don Quijote, is to send two spacecrafts to a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA): an Orbiter and an Impactor. The Impactor collides with the asteroid while the Orbiter measures the resulting change in the asteroid's orbit, by means of a Radio Science Experiment (RSE) carried out before and after the impact. Three parallel Phase A studies on Don Quijote were carried out for the European Space Agency: the research presented here reflects the… Expand
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