Near Earth Asteroid Sample Return Study Overview and Mission Analysis Annex
Publication date: 31 May 2007
Authors: Agnolon, D. et al.
Journal: Technology Reference Study
Page: 1-97 (+annex)
This document provides an overview of the Near Earth Asteroid Sample Return system design study. The Near Earth Asteroid Sample Return is one of ESA's Technology Reference Studies (TRS), which provide a focus for the development of strategically important technologies that are of likely relevance for future scientific missions. This is accomplished through the study of several technologically demanding and scientifically interesting mission concepts, which are not part of the ESA science programme. The TRSs subsequently act as a reference for possible future technology development activities.