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Optimal Impact Strategies for Asteroid Deflection
Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics
This paper presents an analysis of optimal impact strategies to deflect potentially dangerous asteroids. In order to compute the increase in the minimum orbit intersection distance of the asteroid due to an impact with a spacecraft, simple analytical formulae are derived from proximal motion equations. The proposed analytical formulation allows for an analysis of the optimal direction of the deviating impulse transferred to the asteroid. This ideal optimal direction cannot be achieved for everydoi:10.2514/1.33432 fatcat:iz5gluoaxfg6doumzw3uz6hk7m