Create Your Own Asteroid Mission

2015 Challenge

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  • Hashtags:

    #outerspace, #asteroidmission, #intermediate


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    Model, Imagery, Data Visualization


    How would you send humans to explore an asteroid? How would you send a spacecraft to survey the asteroid belt? And how would you deflect an asteroid that was on a threatening course with Earth?

    Space flight simulators provide the capability to create asteroid mission simulations. See simulators like NASA’s General Mission Analysis Tool and others that can provide 3D visualization of spacecraft, orbital trajectories, and ephemera. Other simulators provide additional simulation capabilities, including Multi-Function Displays, out-of-cockpit views, pod-bay doors, docking, lift-off, and landing or a capability to design launch vehicles and spacecraft by selecting and connecting subsystems. This challenge involves planning, designing, and creating an asteroid mission simulation using one or more of these simulators. Simulations of asteroid surface mission operations can be developed with free open source game engines or the free versions of commercial game engines, provided that the simulations include realistic physics.


    Develop an asteroid mission and design the spacecraft. Implement the spacecraft and mission with the space flight simulator. Simulate the mission and identify future improvements for the simulation.

    Select a space flight simulator or physics based game engine and study the documentation, Application Programming Interface, video tutorials, and model repository. You can use publicly available space mission simulators that provide examples, tutorials, videos, discussion forums, and reusable models and simulations. A mission simulation developed for this challenge can build upon existing models, provided that the copyright license allows it, as well as technologies represented in the model are technically feasible before the simulated start of mission date. Publically available simulators provide equal opportunities for anyone to use, and it minimizes the possibility of someone modifying the external environment simulation to suit the spacecraft simulation.


    Source files for the simulation
    • Geometric models, images, textures, scripts, and source code
    • Source files should include comments and associated documentation
    • Source file documentation should include procedures for executing the simulation, input data ranges, and descriptions of what-if scenarios
    • Post all source files on GitHub
    Mission simulation documentation
    • Descriptions and diagrams of the spacecraft and instruments
    • Descriptions and diagrams of the orbital trajectories and results of the simulation including durations, propellant usage, extracted payload
    • Documentation should provide screen-shots of the simulation and explain how it supported the analysis of the mission concept
    • Documentation should include recommendations for improving the simulation
    • Post Source code on GitHub with comments

    Sample Resources(Participants do not have to use these resources, and NASA in no way endorses any particular entity listed).

    Space mission simulators and physics based game engines NASA Technical Reports or Research
  • The following projects are solving this challenge:

    • Hansy

    • ODIN/eo

      Orbital Deflection of Incoming Near earth objects Using Kerbal Space Program we will prove that we can catch, deflect, and reposition an asteroid. Visit Project


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    • talk2space


    • ELmoaleg

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    • Asteroid Distraction

      Our project had solutions that are great methods for creating a simulations that can save the earth from disaster. Our absence of some practical exercises was our technical problems in middle of the challenges. We had plan to create simulations in some of the physics or game engine. Unreal engine... Visit Project

    • MAD: Mapping Asteroid Density

      The MAD mission is a single cubesat, much like the 2014 "Kitsat" which will deploy chipsats with radio beacons. Thesae chipsats will use active solar sail control to enter the orbit of multiple small bodies. The radio beacons can then be analyzed for Doppler shift to determine the density of the ... Visit Project

    • ATTACK

      ## ATTACK - Asteroid Trajectory Transformation by Approach and Capture Kit * Design of a mission to approach a potentially dangerous asteroid, so it's trajectory can be transformed into one that certainly misses earth over a given time frame. * Design of a spacecraft that is capable of accompli... Visit Project

    • Asteroids - Solving Earth's Resource Issues

      This project incorporates both engineers and coders to create a viable solution for colonizing near-Earth asteroids and eventually the Asteroid Belt to be mined for resources, such as metals ranging from the standard iron and nickel, to precious metals like platinum. The asteroid ore will either ... Visit Project

    • simple

      Be able to verify missions made in other programs using gmat. Assemble list of simulation tools including assessments on tools. Simulate a mission with lots of gravity sources. (well over a dozen gravity fields) See the github for details of my work on this space apps challenge. Visit Project

    • NAUGTHY NEA – c2015

      Naugthy NEA - c2015 is a space mission that pretends to deflect the course of a hypothetical threatening asteroid detected by spacecraft, whose level in the Torino Scale is 3 or higher. This mission, to an asteroid, use an unmanned spacecraft with a prototype engine which will provide greate... Visit Project

    • A Permanent Manned Space Colony at EML1 (Earth-Moon Lagrange point 1)

      How is this relevant to the Challenge of creating an Asteroid Mission? It turns out that EML1 is one of the best places from which to launch a mission to an asteroid. So creating a stable platform at L1 will be very important to many future Asteroid Missions. The Gravity Winch is a concept th... Visit Project

    • Nuclear Space engine

      Fusion-powered rockets could provide longer thrust than chemical rockets, which burn their fuel quickly. It's believed that fusion propulsion will allow rapid travel to anywhere in our solar system, and could allow round trips from Earth to Jupiter in just two years. Visit Project

    • DRONE2403 Mission: C-Type Asteroid Specimen

      What is the aim of this project? The aim of this project is to present an idea of a mission concept to bring back the C-Type Asteroid Specimen back to the Earth. How the project is going to be done? The idea of a mission concept will be presented in two parts, which is; (1) sketch design of... Visit Project

    • spacegolf

      Feel universe through a mini game. Visit Project

    • Asteroid Tycoon

      Asteroid Tycoon is a turn-based game in which the player guides a group of drones in a quest for mining and gathering resources through the asteroid belt. The purpose of this game is to educate players about real asteroids and to give an idea of how difficult can this be and how much could it ben... Visit Project

    • Space Fisher

      Project Space Fisher is an Asteroid prospecting mission to establish an infrastructure to mine or ‘fish’ for overly abundant resources out of asteroid belt ‘pond’. How we do this is A Drone Control Unit full of multipurpose drones will be set up near the belt, releasing swarms of drones. D... Visit Project

    • XInfinity

      Game for simulation asteroid mission,we will design this game in 3D model for astroids ,each type and will try to add new ideas like using gravity of plants to accelerate spaceship,may be add more levels to make people enjoy physics laws and know about space and black holes. And try to make diffe... Visit Project

    • One Stop before Mars

      For the idea of having a Stop before Mars and after Mars, we have created two tools: 1. An Asteroid Calculator, which enable us to find the best asteroids to be converted into energy, and which position is the closest to the Mars orbit. 2. A 'Space Limpet Energy Converter' is a solar powere... Visit Project

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    • Per aspera ad asteroides

      The primary goal of the project is setting a mining base on Ceres, with three main objectives: -To prove the feasibility of future deep-space missions -The use of advanced technologies to make an autonomous system which does not require humans -To find an alternative source of reso... Visit Project

    • Retrieval Mission

      This is a playable simulation for landing an unmanned probe into an asteroid. The probe will be controlled remotely from the ISS to avoid exposing a human to possibly harmful situations. The main purpose is to retrieve samples that might be of use to the scientific community, help understand t... Visit Project

    • SpaceOut

      What is tried to be achieved here it to be able to simulate life as an missionary in space and the ways taken to solve problems of asteroid threatening the earth. We build a simulation of the pilot being in the spaceship and controlling it as his goes and find out more about asteroids types we h... Visit Project

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