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Interstellar Object Accessibility and Mission Design

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
October 30, 2022
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Interstellar Object Accessibility and Mission Design
Interstellar Object (ISO) Encounter Concept of Operations

Interstellar objects (ISOs) are fascinating and under-explored celestial objects, providing physical laboratories to understand the formation of our solar system and probe the composition and properties of material formed in exoplanetary systems.

This paper will discuss the accessibility of and mission design to ISOs with varying characteristics, including a discussion of state covariance estimation over the course of a cruise, handoffs from traditional navigation approaches to novel autonomous navigation for fast flyby regimes, and overall recommendations about preparing for the future in situ exploration of these targets.

The lessons learned also apply to the fast flyby of other small bodies including long-period comets and potentially hazardous asteroids, which also require a tactical response with similar characteristics

Benjamin P. S. Donitz, Declan Mages, Hiroyasu Tsukamoto, Peter Dixon, Damon Landau, Soon-Jo Chung, Erica Bufanda, Michel Ingham, Julie Castillo-Rogez

Comments: Accepted at IEEE Aerospace Conference
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Artificial Intelligence (cs.AI); Machine Learning (cs.LG); Robotics (cs.RO); Systems and Control (eess.SY)
Cite as: arXiv:2210.14980 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2210.14980v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
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Submission history
From: Hiroyasu Tsukamoto
[v1] Wed, 26 Oct 2022 18:49:43 UTC (5,048 KB)

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