Perspectives on effectively constraining the location of a massive trans-Plutonian object with the New Horizons spacecraft: a sensitivity analysis

  title={Perspectives on effectively constraining the location of a massive trans-Plutonian object with the New Horizons spacecraft: a sensitivity analysis},
  author={Lorenzo Iorio},
  journal={Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy},
  • L. Iorio
  • Published 16 January 2013
  • Physics
  • Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
The radio tracking apparatus of the New Horizons spacecraft, currently traveling to the Pluto system where its arrival is scheduled for July 2015, should be able to reach an accuracy of 10 m (range) and 0.1 $$\text{ mm } \text{ s }^{-1}$$mms−1 (range-rate) over distances up to 50 au. This should allow to effectively constrain the location of a putative trans-Plutonian massive object, dubbed Planet X (PX) hereafter, whose existence has recently been postulated for a variety of reasons connected… Expand

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