Acta Astronautica paper on asteroid sample collection is out!

What are the best target Near Earth Asteroids for a sample collection mission? Can we collect samples in orbit generated by a small kinetic impactor? To know more, check out the latest paper in Acta Astronautica by our Mirko Trisolini, Camilla Colombo and Yuichi Tsuda. The highlights of the paper are:

  • A novel mission concept for in-orbit sample collection at asteroids
  • Identification and analysis of collection strategies
  • Ranking of most suitable targets among Near-Earth Asteroids
  • Preliminary mission risk assessment from particle impacts

The paper is available with free access at