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Mini-ASTROD: Mission concept
Ni, WT; Zhu, J; Wu, XP; Chu, GB; Yang, B; Gao, J; Guan, M; Tang, CJ; Chou, CJ; Chou, Y; Chang, CH; Huang, TY; Qu, QY; Yi, ZH; Li, GY; Tao, JH; Wu, AM; Luo, J; Yeh, HC; Zhou, ZB; Xiong, YH; Bi, SL; Xu, CM; Wu, XJ; Tang, MX; Bao, Y; Li, FY; Huang, C; Yang, FM; Ye, SH; Zhang, SL; Zhang, YZ; Nie, YX; Chen, G; Christensen-Dalsgaard, J; Dittus, H; Fujii, Y; Lammerzahl, C; Mangin, JF; Peters, A; Rudiger, A; Samain, E; Schiller, S
Conference Name1st International ASTROD Symposium
Conference DateSEP 13-23, 2001
Publication PlaceSINGAPORE
AbstractAdvances in laser physics and its applications triggered the proposition and development of Laser Astrodynamics. Mini-ASTROD is a down-scaled version of ASTROD (Astrodynamical Space Test of Relativity using Optical Devices). This mission concept has one spacecraft carrying a payload of a telescope, six lasers, and a clock together with ground stations (ODSN: Optical Deep Space Network) to test the optical scheme and yet give important scientific results. These scientific results include a better measurement of the relativistic parameters (gamma to 1 ppm, beta to a few ppm and others with improvement), a better sensitivity (several times better) in using the optical Doppler tracking method for detecting gravitational waves, a potential of measuring the solar angular momentum via the Lense-Thirring effect and measurement of many solar system parameters more precisely. These enable us to build a more precise ephemeris and astrodynamics. The weight of this spacecraft is estimated to be about 300-350 kg with a payload of about 100-120 kg. The spacecraft goes into an inner solar orbit with several options. One option is with period 304 days as for the inner spacecraft of the standard two-spacecraft ASTROD mission concept and it takes about 900 days to reach the other side of the Sun relative to the Earth. Another option is to launch with initial period about 290 days and to pass by Venus twice to receive gravity-assistance for achieving shorter periods. For a launch on November 15, 2008, after two encounters with Venus, the orbital period can be shortened to 165 days. After about 400 days from launch, the spacecraft will arrive at the other side of the Sun and the relativistic parameter gamma can be determined to 1 ppm. We discuss the payload configuration and outlook for technological developments to reach the mission goals, and summarize the conclusions and recommendations of the first and second organizational meeting for the Mini-ASTROD study.
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WOS Research AreaAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS SubjectAstronomy & Astrophysics
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Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Natl Astron Observ, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Tsing Hua Univ, Dept Phys, Hsinchu, Taiwan
3.Beijing Normal Univ, Dept Astron, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
4.Nanjing Univ, Dept Astron, Nanjing 210008, Peoples R China
5.Purple Mt Observ, Nanjing, Peoples R China
6.Natl Space Program Off, Syst Engn Sect, Hsinchu, Taiwan
7.Huazhong Univ Sci & Technol, Dept Phys, Wuhan 430074, Peoples R China
8.Natl Astron Observ, Yunnan Observ, Kunming, Peoples R China
9.Nanjing Univ, Dept Phys, Nanjing 210008, Peoples R China
10.Zhong Shan Univ, Dept Phys, Guangzhou, Peoples R China
11.Zhong Shan Univ, Dept Mech, Guangzhou, Peoples R China
12.Chongqing Univ, Dept Phys, Chongqing 630044, Peoples R China
13.Shanghai Astron Observ, Shanghai, Peoples R China
14.Tsing Hua Univ, Dept Precis Instrumentat, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
15.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Theoret Phys, Beijing 100080, Peoples R China
16.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Phys, Beijing 100080, Peoples R China
17.Shantou Univ, Dept Phys, Shantou, Peoples R China
18.Univ Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
19.Univ Bremen, ZARM, Bremen, Germany
20.Nihon Fukushi Univ, Aichi, Japan
21.Univ Dusseldorf, D-4000 Dusseldorf, Germany
22.Observ Cote Azur, Grasse, France
23.Univ Konstanz, D-7750 Constance, Germany
24.Max Planck Inst Gravitat Phys, Garching, Germany
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Ni, WT,Zhu, J,Wu, XP,et al. Mini-ASTROD: Mission concept[C]. SINGAPORE:WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBL CO PTE LTD,2002:1035-1048.
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