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What’s a rubble pile asteroid? DISCUS CubeSat mission will find out

28/11/2017 @ 11:45 - 12:30

Conceptual design for the Deep Interior Scanning CubeSat (DISCUS), a tandem 6U CubeSat carrying a bistatic radar as the main payload will be presented at this event.  The main goal will be to achieve a global signal penetration as well as to analyze the scattering strength for various different penetration depths and measurement positions. Moreover, the measurements will be inverted through a computed radar tomography (CRT) approach. The scientific data provided by DISCUS would bring more knowledge of the internal configuration of rubble pile asteroids and their collisional evolution in the solar system. It would also advance the design of future asteroid deflection concepts.