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AIDA (mission)

For other uses, see Aida (disambiguation).
Mission type Asteroid probe
Operator European Space Agency, NASA
Website AIDA study
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass DART: Script error: No such module "convert".
Start of mission
Launch date AIM: October 2020[1] (proposed)
DART: July 2021 (proposed)
Rocket AIM: Vega[2]
DART: Minotaur V[3]

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The Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission is a proposed space probe which would study and demonstrate the kinetic effects of crashing an impactor spacecraft into an asteroid. The mission is intended to test whether a spacecraft could successfully deflect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth.[4]


The AIDA mission is a joint international collaboration of the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA), NASA, and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL).[5] The project was formed by joining two separate studies, called Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), an asteroid impactor developed by NASA, and a monitoring spacecraft - the ESA Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM).[5]

Target asteroid

The target would be 65803 Didymos, a binary asteroid system in which one asteroid is orbited by a smaller one. The primary asteroid is about Script error: No such module "convert". in diameter; its small satellite is about Script error: No such module "convert". in diameter in an orbit about 1.1 km from the primary. In the AIDA mission, the DART spacecraft would impact the smaller of the asteroids while AIM spacecraft would study in situ the effect on its orbit around the larger asteroid, as well as studying the geology of the two asteroids. An equal timing of the experiment is set for both missions, and both spacecraft would be able to operate independently.

The target Didymos is not an Earth-crossing asteroid, and there is no possibility that the deflection experiment would create an impact hazard.[6]

As of 2015 the mission was still in the conceptual phase with proposed launch for AIM in October 2020,[1] and launch proposed for DART on July 2021. The impact would be October 2022 during a close approach to Earth.[5][7]


The impact of the Script error: No such module "convert". DART spacecraft at 6.25 km/s will produce a velocity change on the order of 0.4 mm/s, which leads to a significant change in the mutual orbit of these two objects, but only a minimal change in the heliocentric orbit of the system.[3][5][6] AIDA will provide data on the asteroid's strength, surface physical properties and its internal structure. There is great benefit to obtain the size of the resulting impact crater in addition to the momentum transfer measurement, as the effects of porosity and strength of the target are needed to calculate the momentum transfer efficiency.[5][6]

Proposed payload

The payload is under assessment, and the notional requirements are:[3][6]

  • a navigation camera
  • a lander (based on the German MASCOT heritage)
  • a thermal infrared imager
  • a monostatic high frequency radar
  • a bistatic low frequency radar (on the orbiter and on the lander)
  • some opportunity payloads based on CubeSat standards.
  • deep-space optical communication

DART is a Script error: No such module "convert". impactor that hosts no scientific payload other than a 20-cm aperture CCD camera to support autonomous guiding to impact the target body through its center.


Both AIM and DART have been approved for a Phase A/B1 study, starting in February 2015 for fifteen months.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b Winder, Jenny (6 April 2015). "Design work begins on asteroid lander mission". SEN News. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  3. ^ a b c Cheng, A.F.; Michel, P.; Reed, C.; Galvez, A.; Carnelli, I. (2012). DART: Double Asteroid Redirection Test (PDF). European Planetary Science Congress 2012. EPSC Abstracts. Bibcode:7 EPSC2012-935-1 2012 Vol. 7 EPSC2012-935-1 2012. 
  4. ^ AIDA mission rationale. ESA, 25 May 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment (AIDA) study.
  6. ^ a b c d e "AIDA: Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assesment mission under study at ESA and NASA" (PDF). Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur. February 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-29. 
  7. ^ Miriam Kramer (26 March 2013). "Asteroid Deflection Mission AIDA Set To Crash Two Spacecraft Into Space Rock In 2022". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 

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