APEX (Asteroid Prospection Explorer)

APEX (Asteroid Prospection Explorer)
Name APEX (Asteroid Prospection Explorer)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status cancelled
Organisation ESA (European Space Agency)
Institution Space agency
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation (HQ) France
Nation (AIT) Finland
Manufacturer AIVT by Kuva Space (Reaktor Space Lab)
Oneliner

Operate as a mineral prospector in deep space.

Description

Operate as a mineral prospector in deep space, surveying the make-up of its target asteroids down to individual boulders, helping prepare the way for future mining missions. It will carry a spectral imager, a secondary ion mass analyser and a magnetometer.
Our Asteroid Spectral Imager will perform detailed spectral measurements of both asteroids on a global basis. It will record the sunlight reflected by Didymos and break down its various colours to look for distinctive absorption ‘fingerprints’, to help map the surface makeup. We’ll obtain a full spectrum for each pixel we see, to make comparisons with terrestrial meteorite samples.”
Another instrument, the Secondary Ion Mass Analyser, will gather data from the constant interaction of the asteroid surfaces with the solar wind from the Sun. A dedicated navigation camera would help enable the precision flying required by these various mission phases, culminating in an asteroid touchdown.

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Keywords Beyond Earth orbit, Propulsion, Asteroid prospecting

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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