Hayabusa: Navigation challenges for Earth return

Robert J. Haw, S. Bhaskaran, W. Strauss, E. Sklyanskiy, E. J. Graat, J. J. Smith, P. Menon, S. Ardalan, C. Ballard, P. Williams, J. Kawaguchi, Y. Makoto, T. Ohnishi

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Hayabusa was a JAXA sample-return mission to Itokawa navigated, in part, by JPL personnel. The spacecraft survived several near mission-ending failures at Itokawa yet returned to Earth with an asteroid regolith sample on June 13, 2010. This paper describes NASA/JPL's participation in the Hayabusa mission during the last 100 days of its mission, wherein JPL provided tracking data and orbit determination, plus verification of maneuver design and entry, descent and landing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASTRODYNAMICS 2011 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, ASTRODYNAMICS 2011 - Girdwood, AK, United States
Duration: 2011 Jul 312011 Aug 4

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Conference2011 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, ASTRODYNAMICS 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityGirdwood, AK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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