Low-Thrust trajectory design and operations of procyon, the first deep-space micro-spacecraft

Stefano Campagnola, Naoya Ozaki, Ryu Funase, Shinichi Nakasuka, Yoshihide Sugimoto, Chit Hong Yam, Yasuhiro Kawakatsu, Hongru Chen, Yosuke Kawabata, Satoshi Ogura, Bruno Sarli

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Abstract

PROCYON is the first deep-space micro-spacecraft; it was developed at low cost and short time (about one year) by the University of Tokyo and JAXA, and was launched on December 3rd, 2014 as a secondary payload of the H II A launch of Hayabusa2. The mission primary objective is the technology demonstration of a microspacecraft bus for deepspace exploration; the second objectives are several engineering and science experiments, including an asteroid flyby. This paper presents PROCYON high-fidelity, very-low-Thrust trajectory design and implementation, subject to mission and operation constraints. Contingency plans during the first months of operations are also discussed. All trajectories are optimized in high-fidelity model with jTOP, a mission design tool first presented in this paper. Following the ion engine failure of March 2015, it was found the nominal asteroid could not be targeted if the failure was not resolved by mid-April. A new approach to compute attainable sets for low-Thrust trajectories is also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication66th International Astronautical Congress 2015, IAC 2015
Subtitle of host publicationSpace - The Gateway for Mankind's Future
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Pages5231-5239
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781510818934
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event66th International Astronautical Congress 2015: Space - The Gateway for Mankind's Future, IAC 2015 - Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: Oct 12 2015Oct 16 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Volume7
ISSN (Print)0074-1795

Other

Other66th International Astronautical Congress 2015: Space - The Gateway for Mankind's Future, IAC 2015
CountryIsrael
CityJerusalem
Period10/12/1510/16/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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