How can we study the evolution of particle ejecta around asteroids? Can we leverage their dynamics to collect them in orbit? Check out the latest work of Mirko Trisolini presented at the 32nd JAXA Symposium on Astrodynamics and Flight Mechanics held in Sagamihara.
The work is part of the MSCA CRADLE project in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and focuses on the development of a methodology for particle impact rate estimation around asteroids. Predicting the number and distribution of impacts will allow us to understand the best spacecraft operations and to size the required instrument for in-orbit sample collection.
See the results here!