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First mission in the Solar System Exploration program; the impact of Dimorphos

Double Asteroid Redirection Test

Illustration of the Sprint impactor spacecraft and LICIACube approaching Dimorphos.

Names Dart
Mission blazon Planetary defense mission
Operator NASA  / APL
COSPAR ID 2021-110A
SATCAT
no.
49497
Website nasa.gov/planetarydefense/dart

dart.jhuapl.edu/Mission/index.php
Mission duration 11 months (planned),
9 months and 12 days
(in progress)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft
  • DART
    impactor
  • LICIACube
    CubeSat
Manufacturer Applied Physics Laboratory
of Johns Hopkins University
Launch mass Sprint: 610 kg (1,340 lb),
LICIACube: xiv kg (31 lb)
Dimensions DART: 1.viii × 1.nine × 2.6 grand (five ft 11 in × 6 ft 3 in × viii ft 6 in)
ROSA: 8.five × 2.4 m (27.ix × vii.9 ft) (each)
Ability 6.6 kW
Start of mission
Launch date 24 November 2021, 06:21:02 UTC
Rocket Falcon nine Block 5, B1063.three
Launch site Vandenberg, SLC-4E
Contractor SpaceX
Flyby of Didymos system
Spacecraft component LICIACube
Closest approach 27 September 2022 (planned)
Altitude 55 km (34 mi)
Dimorphos impactor
Impact date 27 September 2022 (planned)[1]
Instruments
Didymos Reconnaissance and Asteroid Camera for Optical navigation (DRACO)
DART Mission Patch.png

DART mission patch

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Double Asteroid Redirection Exam
(DART) is a NASA space mission aimed at testing a method of planetary defense confronting near-Earth objects (NEOs). Launched from World in November 2021, the mission will deliberately crash a space probe into the minor-planet moon Dimorphos of the double asteroid Didymos to assess the time to come potential of a spacecraft touch to deflect an asteroid on a standoff course with Earth through a transference of momentum. The asteroid poses no actual threat to Earth; it was merely selected for the test.

Sprint is a articulation projection between NASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). The project is funded through NASA’south Planetary Defense force Coordination Office, managed by NASA’south Planetary Missions Program Office at the Marshall Infinite Flight Center, and several NASA laboratories and offices are providing technical support. International partners, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), Italian Space Agency (ASI), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), are contributing to related or subsequent projects. In August 2018, NASA approved the project to showtime the concluding design and assembly phase. The Dart spacecraft was successfully launched on 24 November 2021, with collision slated for 27 September 2022.[i]
[ii]
[3]

Background

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Originally, the European Infinite Agency (ESA) and NASA had independent plans for missions to examination asteroid deflection strategies, and by 2015 they struck a collaboration called AIDA (Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment) involving 2 separate spacecraft launches that piece of work in synergy.[4]
[five]
[6]
Under the proposal, the European spacecraft, AIM, would have launched in Dec 2020, and Sprint in July 2021. AIM would accept orbited the larger asteroid to study its composition and that of its moon. DART would so kinetically impact the asteroid’s moon on September, 26th, 2022, during a close arroyo to World.[5]
AIM would have studied the asteroid’s strength, surface concrete properties, and internal structure, also every bit measure the effect on the asteroid moon’due south orbit around the larger asteroid.[
citation needed
]

This method of asteroid touch avoidance has already been implemented once, for a completely different purpose (analysis of the structure and limerick of a comet), by NASA’s 370 kg (820 lb) Deep Touch space probe. On impact, it released 19 gigajoules of energy (the equivalent of 4.8 tons of TNT),[8]
[9]
[10]
[eleven]
decreased the perihelion of Comet Tempel one by 10 m (33 ft), changed orbit by 10 cm (three.ix in), and a predicted 0.0001 mm/s (0.014 in/h) velocity modify after impacting the comet at the speed of ~10.2 km/s (6.iii mi/south) on July iv, 2005.[vii]

The AIM orbiter was cancelled, so replaced by Hera, that would observe the asteroid four years after the DART affect. The effects of the bear upon by DART would have then been monitored live from ground-based telescopes and radar.[12]
[6]

In June 2017, NASA approved a move from concept evolution to the preliminary blueprint stage,[13]
and in August 2018 NASA approved the project to start the final blueprint and assembly stage.[14]

On 11 April 2019, NASA announced that a SpaceX Falcon ix would be used to launch DART.[xv]

Description

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Spacecraft

[edit]

The DART spacecraft is an impactor with a mass of 610 kg (1,340 lb),[16]
that hosts no scientific payload and has merely sensors for navigation such as a Sun sensor, a star tracker called SMART Nav software (Small-body Maneuvering Autonomous Real Time Navigation),[17]
and a 20 cm (7.9 in) discontinuity camera called Didymos Reconnaissance and Asteroid Photographic camera for Optical navigation (DRACO). DRACO is based on the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) onboard
New Horizons
spacecraft, and volition support autonomous navigation to bear upon the asteroid’due south moon at its center. The optical part of DRACO is a Ritchey-Chrétien telescope equipped with telephoto lens with a field of view of 0.29° and a focal length of f/12.60. The detector, of CMOS blazon, has 2,560 × 2,160
pixels. The spatial resolution of the images recorded immediately earlier the impact is 20 centimeters. The detector records the wavelength range from 0.4 to 1 micron (visible and near infrared). The musical instrument has a mass of 8.66 kg (19.1 lb).[18]

Sprint spacecraft uses the Side by side ion thruster, a type of solar electric propulsion.[12]
[19]
It will be powered by 22 m2
(240 sq ft) solar arrays to generate the ~3.5 kW needed to power the NASA Evolutionary Xenon Thruster–Commercial (Adjacent-C) engine.[20]

The spacecraft’south solar arrays utilise a Roll Out Solar Array (ROSA) design, that was tested on the International Infinite Station (ISS) in June 2017 as part of Expedition 52.[21]

Using ROSA as the construction, a small portion of the DART solar array is configured to demonstrate Transformational Solar Array technology, which has very-high-efficiency solar cells and cogitating concentrators providing three times more ability than current solar assortment technology.[22]
[23]

The Dart spacecraft is the outset spacecraft to utilize a new blazon of high gain communication antenna, that is, a Spiral Radial Line Slot Array (RLSA). The antenna operates at the Ten-band NASA Deep Space Network (NASA DSN) frequencies of vii.two and viii.iv GHz. The fabricated antenna in a flat and compact shape exceeds the given requirements and has been tested through environments resulting in a TRL-6 pattern.[24]

Course of the Touch on

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A month before the bear on, the DRACO camera detects the Didymos system and refines its trajectory. Ten days before the impact, the LICIACube nano-satellite is released. Iv hours before impact, DART becomes completely democratic and implements its SMART Nav guidance system. Three hours before bear upon, when the target is 176,000 km (109,000 mi) away , DART performs an inventory of objects near the target. The final trajectory is stock-still 90 minutes before the collision when the asteroid is 38,000 km (24,000 mi) away from Dimorphos. While it is 24,000 km (xv,000 mi) away from Dimorphos begins to be observable (1.4 pixels). Until touch on DRACO takes continuous images of the asteroid’due south surface which are transmitted in real time. In the last minutes, trajectory corrections are no longer allowed then that the images taken by DRACO (the simply ones to provide a detailed view of the surface of Dimorphos) remain sharp. Indeed, due to the length of the solar panels, each use of the propulsion causes vibrations that make the images blurry. The last image, transmitted ii seconds before impact, should have a spatial resolution of less than twenty centimeters. The touch on takes place between September 26 and October 1, 2022.

The impact of the 500 kg (1,100 lb)[25]
DART at six.6 km/s (iv.i mi/s)
[26]
[27]
will produce an estimated velocity change on the lodge of

0.4 mm/southward
, which leads to a modest alter in trajectory of the asteroid system, but over time, it leads to a large shift of path.[28]
[5]
[29]
[30]
Over a bridge of years, the cumulative trajectory modify from such a small change in velocity could mitigate the risk of a hypothetical Earth-spring asteroid hit Earth.[31]
The bear on will target the center of figure of Dimorphos and should decrease the orbital period, currently 11.92 hours, past roughly ten minutes.[16]

Sequence of operations for impact[32]
Date

(before impact)

Distance Asteroid size

(DRACO camera)

Events
T-30 days The DRACO camera detects Didymos
T-10 days Ejection of the
LICIACube
nano-satellite which maneuvers to avert crashing into the asteroid.
T-4 hours Kickoff of democratic navigation (SMART Nav software)
T-60 mins 24,000 km (15,000 mi) Didymos : 6.5 pixels

Dimorphos : 1.4 pixels

The DRACO camera detects Dimorphos
T-4 mins i,600 km (990 mi) Didymos : 99 pixels

Dimorphos : 21 pixels

Starting time of last form correction
T-2 mins 800 km (500 mi) Didymos : 99 pixels

Dimorphos : 21 pixels

Cease of last course correction
T-xx seconds 130 km (81 mi) Dimorphos : 300 pixels The photos taken reach the expected spatial resolution.
T-0 0 km (0 mi) Impacting Dimorphos.
T+3 minutes Flyby of the asteroid past LICIACube.

Infographic showing the upshot of DART’s bear on on the orbit of Didymos B while deployment of LICIACube

Issue of the impact on the orbit of Dimorphos and Didymos

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The spacecraft must hitting Dimorphos in the reverse direction to the asteroid’southward motion. The actual velocity change and orbital shift are unknown until afterwards it happens considering it depends on the topology of the surface. Following the impact, the orbital speed of Dimorphos drops slightly, which has the effect of reducing the radius of its orbit around Didymos. The trajectory of Didymos is modified in reduced proportions considering the mass of Dimorphos is much lower than that of Didymos. There is a poorly predictable “momentum enhancement” effect due to the contribution of recoil momentum from touch ejecta.[33]
The final momentum transferred to the largest remaining fragment of the asteroid could be up to 3-five times the incident momentum, and obtaining accurate measurements of the effects, which will aid refine models of such impacts, is one of the mission’s main goals.[34]
Initial estimates of the alter in binary orbit period should be known within a week.[35]
A detailed reconnaissance and assessment will exist performed a few years later by a spacecraft called Hera, approved by ESA in November 2019.[36]
[37]

Secondary spacecraft

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The Italian Infinite Agency (ASI) will contribute a secondary spacecraft called
LICIACube
(Calorie-free Italian CubeSat for Imaging of Asteroids), a small CubeSat that will piggyback with
Sprint
and will separate x days earlier impact to acquire images of the impact and ejecta equally it drifts by the asteroid.[36]
[38]
LICIACube volition communicate straight with Earth, sending back images of the ejecta afterwards the Dimorphos flyby.[39]
LICIACube is equipped with 2 optical cameras, dubbed LUKE and LEIA.[xl]

Follow-upwards mission

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In a collaborating project, the European Space Agency is developing
Hera, a spacecraft that volition be launched to Didymos in 2024[41]
and go far in 2027[42]
(5 years after DART’s impact), to do a detailed reconnaissance and assessment.[41]
Hera
would carry 2 CubeSats,
Milani
and
Juventas.[41]

AIDA mission architecture

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DART satellite, showing its only instrument, the
DRACO
camera (illustration)

Host spacecraft Secondary spacecraft Remarks
Dart LICIACube[43]
  • By the Italian Infinite Agency
  • 6U CubeSat
  • LUKE (LICIACube Unit Fundamental Explorer) Camera and LEIA (LICIACube Explorer Imaging for Asteroid) Camera
Hera Juventas
[44]
[45]
  • By GomSpace and GMV
  • 6U CubeSat orbiter
  • Photographic camera, JuRa monostatic low-frequency radar,[46]
    accelerometers, and gravimeter
    [47]
  • Will attempt to country on the asteroid surface[45]
    [47]
Milani
[48]
  • By Italy/Czech/Finnish consortium
  • 6U CubeSat orbiter
  • VIS/Near-IR spectrometer, volatile analyzer
  • Volition narrate Didymos and Dimorphos surface composition and the dust surround around the system
  • Will perform engineering science demonstration experiments
SCI
  • Past JAXA
  • Optional[49]
    [50]

Mission profile

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Target asteroid

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The mission’due south target is Dimorphos in 65803 Didymos system, a binary asteroid system in which one asteroid is orbited by a smaller one. The principal asteroid (Didymos A) is most 780 m (2,560 ft) in diameter; the asteroid moon Dimorphos (Didymos B) is about 160 m (520 ft) in diameter in an orbit well-nigh 1 km (0.62 mi) from the primary.[12]
The mass of the Didymos system is estimated at 528 billion kg, with Dimorphos composing iv.eight billion kg of that full.[16]
Sprint will target the smaller asteroid Dimorphos. The Didymos organization is non an World-crossing asteroid, and there is no possibility that the deflection experiment could create an impact gamble.[29]

Preflight preparations

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Falcon ix rocket’south payload fairing being attached to NASA’due south Double Asteroid Redirection Test (Sprint) spacecraft on 16 Nov 2021

Falcon 9 and Sprint vertical at SLC-4E

Launch preparations for Dart began on 20 October 2021, as the spacecraft began fueling at Vandenberg Infinite Force Base of operations in California.[51]
The spacecraft arrived at Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) about Lompoc, in early October 2021 after a cross-country bulldoze. Dart team members have since been preparing the spacecraft for flying, testing the spacecraft’s mechanisms and electric system, wrapping the terminal parts in multilayer insulation blankets, and practicing the launch sequence from both the launch site and the mission operations eye at APL. DART headed to the SpaceX Payload Processing Facility on VSFB on 26 October 2021. Two days later, the team received the greenish light to fill Dart’southward fuel tank with roughly l kg (110 lb) of hydrazine propellant for spacecraft maneuvers and attitude control. DART besides carries nearly 60 kg (130 lb) of xenon for the Side by side-C ion engine. Engineers loaded the xenon earlier the spacecraft left APL in early on October 2021.[52]

Starting on 10 November 2021, engineers mated the spacecraft to the adapter that stacks on acme of the SpaceX Falcon nine launch vehicle. The Falcon ix rocket without the payload fairing rolled for a static burn and later came back to the processing facility again where technicians with SpaceX installed the 2 halves of the fairing around the spacecraft over the form of two days, Nov xvi and 17, within the SpaceX Payload Processing Facility at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California and the footing teams completed a successful Flight Readiness Review later that week with the fairing then attached to the rocket.[53]

A day before launch, the launch vehicle rolled out of the hangar and onto the launch pad at Vandenberg Space Launch Complex 4 (SLC-4E); from there it lifted off to brainstorm Dart’s journey to the Didymos system and it propelled the spacecraft into space.[52]

Launch

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The Sprint spacecraft was launched on 24 November 2021, at 06:21:02 UTC.

Early planning suggested that Sprint was to be deployed into a high altitude, high eccentricity Earth orbit designed to avoid the Moon. In such a scenario, Dart would use its low thrust, high efficiency NEXT ion engine to slowly escape from its loftier Earth orbit to a slightly inclined about-Globe solar orbit, from which it would maneuver onto a collision trajectory with its target. Only because Sprint was launched every bit a dedicated Falcon 9 mission, the payload along with Falcon 9’southward second stage was placed directly on an Earth escape trajectory and into heliocentric orbit when the second phase reignited for a second engine startup or escape burn down. Thus, although DART carries a first-of-its-kind electric thruster and plenty of xenon fuel, Falcon ix did most all of the work, leaving the spacecraft to perform only a few trajectory-correction burns with simple chemical thrusters as it homes in on Didymos’due south moon Dimorphos.[54]

Transit

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The transit phase to the goal lasts about 9 months. On March 6, 2022, the space probe must laissez passer not far from the asteroid 2001 CB 21 (578 m (i,896 ft) in bore). It takes reward of this overflight to calibrate by its sensors.[55]
[17]
[56]
[32]
[57]

Gallery

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Run into also

[edit]

  • Asteroid bear on avoidance
  • B612 Foundation
  • Don Quijote (spacecraft)
  • NEOCam
  • Planetary defense against asteroids and comets
  • The Spaceguard Foundation

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External links

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  • Double Asteroid Redirection Examination (DART) Mission – NASA’s Planetary Defense folio on Sprint
  • DART’south Mission to Bump an Asteroid – NASA Web log
  • NASA’south DART Mission Launch, 2021-eleven-24 – Official Broadcast/Stream



Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Asteroid_Redirection_Test