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Searching for some natural orbits to observe the double asteroid 2002CE(26)

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Pinheiro Masago Mescolotti, Bruna Yukiko ; Bertachini de Almeida Prado, Antonio Fernando ; Marins Chiaradia, Ana Paula ; Gomes, Vivian Martins
Número total de Autores: 4
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: ASTROPHYSICS AND SPACE SCIENCE; v. 362, n. 7 JUL 2017.
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Knowledge of the Solar System is increasing with data coming from space missions to small bodies. A mission to those bodies offers some problems, because they have several characteristics that are not well known, like their shapes, sizes and masses. The present research has the goal of searching for trajectories around the double asteroid 2002CE(26), a system of Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) of the Apollo type. For every trajectory of the spacecraft, the evolution of the distances between the spacecraft and the two bodies that compose the system is crucial, due to its impact in the quality of the observations made from the spacecraft. Furthermore, this study has a first objective of searching for trajectories that make the spacecraft remain as long as possible near the two bodies that compose the asteroid system, without the use of orbital maneuvers. The model used here assumes elliptical orbits for the asteroids. The effect of the solar radiation pressure is also included, since it is a major perturbing force acting in spacecrafts traveling around small bodies. The natural orbits found here are useful for the mission. They can be used individually or combined in several pieces by orbital maneuvers. Another point considered here is the importance of the errors in the estimation of the physical parameters of the bodies. This task is very important, because there are great uncertainties in these values because the measurements are based on observations made from the Earth. It is shown that a variation of those parameters can make very large modifications in the times that the spacecraft remains close to the bodies of the system (called here ``observational times{''}). Those modifications are large enough to make the best trajectories obtained under nominal conditions to be useless under some errors in the physical parameters. So, a search is made to find trajectories that have reasonable observation times for all the assumed error scenarios for the two bodies, because those orbits can be used as initial parking orbits for the spacecraft. We called these orbits ``quasi-stable orbits{''}, in the sense that they do not collide with any of the primaries nor travel to large distances from them. From these orbits, it is possible to make better observations of the bodies in any scenario, and a more accurate estimation of their sizes and masses is performed, so giving information to allow for other choices for the orbit of the spacecraft. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 11/08171-3 - Dinâmica orbital de pequenos corpos
Beneficiário:Othon Cabo Winter
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Temático
Processo FAPESP: 11/13101-4 - Estudo de manobras orbitais para escape de colisão de um veículo espacial com grupos de partículas
Beneficiário:Vivian Martins Gomes
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Apoio a Jovens Pesquisadores
Processo FAPESP: 16/14665-2 - Astrodinâmica aplicada a veículos espaciais
Beneficiário:Antônio Fernando Bertachini de Almeida Prado
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Regular