Asteroid 101955 Bennu is the target asteroid of the ongoing asteroid sample return mission OSIRIS-Rex from NASA. In the mission, the spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with Bennu in August 2018. Investigating the dynamics of surface motion can offer guidance for further hopping landers or even sample return missions on Bennu or similarly irregular-shaped asteroids. This paper presents the free motion of some particles on and above the surface of the asteroid Bennu. The concepts and equations that govern the motion of a particle on and above the surface of an asteroid are briefly introduced. Trajectories of a number of particles' free motion are numerically calculated. Initial positions of those particles are all given on the surface of Bennu and their initial velocities are arbitrarily selected as in this preliminary study. The distribution of final locations of those sample particles is summarized and analyzed. Both the gravitational potential and its effective potential on the surface of Bennu are calculated to give a possible reason for the aforementioned distributing characteristics.

Numerical study on the motion of surface particles for the asteroid 101955 bennu / Zhang, Yonglong; Zeng, Xiangyuan; Circi, Christian. - 165:(2018), pp. 1715-1725. (Intervento presentato al convegno 4th IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems, DYCOSS 2018 tenutosi a China).

Numerical study on the motion of surface particles for the asteroid 101955 bennu

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Asteroid 101955 Bennu is the target asteroid of the ongoing asteroid sample return mission OSIRIS-Rex from NASA. In the mission, the spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with Bennu in August 2018. Investigating the dynamics of surface motion can offer guidance for further hopping landers or even sample return missions on Bennu or similarly irregular-shaped asteroids. This paper presents the free motion of some particles on and above the surface of the asteroid Bennu. The concepts and equations that govern the motion of a particle on and above the surface of an asteroid are briefly introduced. Trajectories of a number of particles' free motion are numerically calculated. Initial positions of those particles are all given on the surface of Bennu and their initial velocities are arbitrarily selected as in this preliminary study. The distribution of final locations of those sample particles is summarized and analyzed. Both the gravitational potential and its effective potential on the surface of Bennu are calculated to give a possible reason for the aforementioned distributing characteristics.
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2018
4th IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems, DYCOSS 2018
aerospace engineering; space and planetary science; asteroid mission
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Numerical study on the motion of surface particles for the asteroid 101955 bennu / Zhang, Yonglong; Zeng, Xiangyuan; Circi, Christian. - 165:(2018), pp. 1715-1725. (Intervento presentato al convegno 4th IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems, DYCOSS 2018 tenutosi a China).
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