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Editors-in-Chief: B. Wie; H. Baoyin; Y. Gao

ISSN: 2522-008X (print version)
ISSN: 2522-0098 (electronic version)

Journal no. 42064


Special Issue on Astrodynamics and Engineering Aspects of Hayabusa2 – Sample Return Mission to the Asteroid Ryugu 

Astrodynamics is a peer-reviewed international journal that is co-published by Tsinghua University Press and Springer. Submissions of high-quality peer-reviewed articles of original research, comprehensive reviews, mission accomplishments, and technical comments in the field of astrodynamics will be given priority for publication. In addition, related research in astronomy and astrophysics that takes advantages of the analytical and computational methods of astrodynamics is also welcome.
This special issue is devoted to the JAXA’s asteroid sample return mission Hayabusa2. Hayabsa2 was launched in December 2014, and arrived at the carbon-rich asteroid 162173 Ryugu in June 2018. Since then, it has been unveiling surprising environment of Ryugu with various scientific findings. In parallel with the scientific outcomes, Hayabusa2 has been accomplishing many innovative engineering attempts on the Ryugu surface, such as delivering multiple rovers/landers, an 1 m-accuracy landing/sample collection, and generating an artificial crater. In addition to these major accomplishments, there are many engineering challenges and their results significantly contributed by the field of astrodynamics and space engineering. This special issue aims to overview the engineering challenges of the Hayabusa2 mission, and to collect accomplishments regarding dynamical and technological aspects of the mission to pose inspirations to future sample return missions of the world.
Topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to:
• Engineering operation of Hayabuas2
• Dynamical aspects of Hayabusa2
• Scientific analysis of Ryugu for the mission planning of Hayabusa2
• Operation concepts and analytical studies for ongoing and future sample return missions
Papers submitted to this journal for possible publication must be original and must not be under consideration for publication in any other journals. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their completed manuscript to https://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/astrod with “Special Issue: Astrodynamics and Engineering Aspects of Hayabusa2” marked in the cover letter section. Further information on the journal is available at:
Manuscript Due: November 30, 2019
Publication Date: May 1, 2020
• Yuichi Tsuda, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan
• Xiangyuan Zeng, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
• Christian Circi, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
• Giovanni Vulpetti, International Academy of Astronautics, France

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