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Mini-symposium on “Missions to Asteroids & Asteroid Manipulation Technologies”

The mini-symposium on Missions to Asteroids & Asteroid Manipulation Technologies will be organized within the Stardust Final Conference on Asteroids and Space Debris, which will be held at ESA-ESTEC (The Netherlands), 31st October - 4th November, 2016.

The mini-symposium will take place over two days (31st October and 1st November), and will focus on the design of missions to explore, exploit and manipulate asteroids and the required technologies to successfully complete these missions. It will consist of two sessions entitled: ”Missions to Asteroids" and "Asteroid Manipulation Technologies". The aim of each session is to review the-state-of-the-art of the corresponding lines of research, but also to present ongoing projects, and to discuss directions for the future developments.

Main Topics:

Session 1: Missions to Asteroids

  • Mission analysis and trajectory design
  • Current and planned missions to asteroid
  • System and payload design
  • New science and exploration mission concepts
  • Deflection mission scenarios
  • Asteroid exploitation scenarios
  • Proximity operations

Session 2: Asteroid Manipulation Technologies

  • Asteroid deflection concepts
  • System design and integration
  • Experimental analysis
  • Asteroid rotation control
  • Technology demonstrators


Keynote speakers:

Prof Hiroshi Yamakawa, University of Kyoto

Important dates:

·         5ht September 2016 (it was 31st July 2016):                        Extended Abstract submissions

·         31st Oct – 4th Nov 2016:       The Final Stardust Conference

·         31st Oct & 01st Nov 2016:                 Asteroid Symposia


Massimiliano Vasile, University of Strathclyde

Scott Walker – University of Southampton

Juan Cano, Simone Centuori – Deimos Space

Leopold Summerer – ESA Advanced Concepts Team


Info and Contacts:

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