Figure-1 below shows the Doppler velocity difference between Itokawa and Hayabusa.
Fig. 1Doppler measurement at Stop Maneuver. (Displayed two times)
Figure-2 draws the angular separation history of Hayabusa seen from Itokawa with
|Figure-3 draws the Laser Altimeter measurement about two hours after the stop
maneuver. Since Hayabusa is almost still to Itokawa, the range fluctuation comes
from the terrain of Itokawa. The stop distance intended was about 20km relying on
the Itokawa's ephemeris estimated based on the ground observation. However, the
ephemeris contains some uncertainty and it affects the range measurement
off-set. Details need to be analyzed.
|Whether Hayabusa is still may be interpreted by looking at the relative speed
that shall be within escape velocity. Current estimation says the escape
velocity from Itokawa is about several centi-meters per second at the distance
of 20km. In view of the above mentioned residual relative speed to Itokawa,
it is satisfactorily interpreted that Hayabusa stays within the sphere of influence
of Itokawa. Note the mass of Itokawa is one of the most important science
observations in this Hayabusa mission.
With the residual speed of 1cm/sec, Hayabusa motion accompanies the angular
separation shift of 3 degrees per day. Since the narrow angle camera field of
view is +/- 3 degrees, this implies Hayabusa needs to correct its orbit. Hayabusa
spacecraft is designed to perform this control automatically and the function
will go into use soon.