Optimal deflection of earth-crossing objects using a power limited spacecraft

Young Joo Song, Sang Young Park, Kyu Hong Choi

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An optimal deflection method for Earth-Crossing Objects (ECOs) is formulated using a power limited spacecraft. To avoid the Earth impact, ECO's momentum is changed continuously using a power limited laser ablation system carried by the conceptual future spacecraft. The optimal operating duration and deflection angle variation history are estimated for various ECOs by using several power levels of ablation system. It is concluded that the timing of the operation start is very important. It is preferred to be as early as possible because the early start of operation requires relatively short operating duration with small operation angle variations. The method of continuous momentum change is more practical because there will be no fragmentation of ECO or unexpected ECO's orbital motions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmerican Astronautical Society - Space Flight Mechanics 2007 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event17th Annual Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - Sedona, AZ, United States
Duration: 2007 Jan 282007 Feb 1

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume127 PART 1
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Other17th Annual Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySedona, AZ

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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