To demonstrate that an asteroid can be used as an orbital transfer medium.

This project is solving the Create Your Own Asteroid Mission challenge.


It will reduce the transfer impulses required in an orbital transfer to get from Earth to Mars. Therefore reducing cost or increasing available weight to use.

Why: - Reduce craft mass - Increases available payload weight (for experiments) - Potential to study asteroid - Lowers cost

Challenges: - Alignment of orbits (Earth, Asteroid, Mars) - Docking with asteroid - Asteroid has insignificant gravity - Delta V to asteroid less than Delta V normal orbit transfer

Project Information

License: Simple Public License 2.0 (SimPL-2.0)

Source Code/Project URL: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jsgjop45yw46hpl/VQp51XG0an


Asterank - http://www.asterank.com/
GMAT - http://gmat.gsfc.nasa.gov/
- http://smallbodies.ru/en/asteroids/info/general/2010_SZ3/
Comets and Asteroids: (2010 SZ3) - http://comets-asteroids.findthedata.org/l/599325/2010-SZ3
NEOs as stepping stones to Mars and main-belt asteroids - http://www.sciencedirect.com.ezp01.library.qut.edu.au/science/article/pii/S0094576510000792?np=y
Near-Earth Asteroid Delta-V for Spacecraft Rendezvous - http://echo.jpl.nasa.gov/~lance/delta_v/delta_v.rendezvous.html
Delta-v budget - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta-v_budget


  • Leo Ng
  • Yasseen Abdel-Magied
  • Andy Wong
  • Yuan Ming Kwan
  • Kevin Ta
  • Ben Graham
  • Ka shun Benjamin Leung