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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Asteroid Tomography

Completed Technology Project

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Near Earth Object

This proposed project will perform the study and simulation, of a concept for an instrument to tomographically map the internal density (structure) of an asteroid using Atom Interferometric Gravity Gradiometers (AIGG).  The targeted outcomes are instrument design parameters, performance limitations, possible mission configurations, and a road map for further technology maturation.

The objective of this project is to continue to mature the concept of the gravity gradiometer instrument through simulation, development of its design parameters, and establishing its limitation.  The Project will work with other Projects with potential missions on which this technology would provide detection possibilities beyond current state of instrumentation.

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