Australian rapid-response airborne observation of the Hayabusa2 reentry

Zander, Fabian ORCID: and Buttsworth, David R. and Birch, Byrenn ORCID: and Noller, Lachlan and Wright, Duncan ORCID: and James, Christopher M. and Thompson, Matthew and Apirana, Steven and Leis, John ORCID: and Lobsey, Craig and Payne, Allan (2021) Australian rapid-response airborne observation of the Hayabusa2 reentry. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 58 (6). pp. 1915-1919. ISSN 0022-4650


In this study, researchers demonstrated the capability to undertake a short notice observation mission through the Hayabusa2 observation mission. They analyzed the technical challenges and successes associated with the planning and execution in the context of uncertainties in the trajectory and limited support from public agencies. The highly compressed preparation time for this mission provided an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the rapid-response capabilities of the team and the reliability of the alliance between Rocket Technologies International (RTI) and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), the partners in the mission. No modifications were made to the aircraft for the purpose of this scientific observation mission. In particular, the observations were made through the standard windows of the aircraft, which included an internal Perspex cover that precluded acquisition of spectral data in the near-UV region. Bespoke platforms were designed from modular aluminum frames with wood and bonded rubber mats, which enabled instruments to be stably mounted without damaging the interior of the aircraft.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2021 04:38
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2022 04:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: Airborne observations; Planning and execution; Public agencies; Queensland; Rapid response; Response capability; Rocket technology; Scientific observations; Technical challenges; Uncertainty
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090199 Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4001 Aerospace engineering > 400199 Aerospace engineering not elsewhere classified
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