Space Debris Removal with an Ion Beam Shepherd Satellite: target-plasma interaction

Merino, Mario and Ahedo Galilea, Eduardo and Bombardelli, Claudio and Urrutxua, Hodei and Pélaez Álvarez, Jesús and Summerer, L. (2011). Space Debris Removal with an Ion Beam Shepherd Satellite: target-plasma interaction. In: "47th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit", 31/07/2011 - 03/08/2011, San Diego, California. ISBN 978-1-60086-949-5. p. 2265.

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Title: Space Debris Removal with an Ion Beam Shepherd Satellite: target-plasma interaction
Author/s:
  • Merino, Mario
  • Ahedo Galilea, Eduardo
  • Bombardelli, Claudio
  • Urrutxua, Hodei
  • Pélaez Álvarez, Jesús
  • Summerer, L.
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 47th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit
Event Dates: 31/07/2011 - 03/08/2011
Event Location: San Diego, California
Title of Book: 47th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit
Date: 31 July 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60086-949-5
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos (UPM)
Department: Física Aplicada a la Ingeniería Aeronáutica [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

A novel concept for active space debris removal known as Ion Beam Shepherd (IBS) which has been recently presented by our group is investigated. The concept makes use of a highly collimated ion beam to exert the necessary force on a generic debris to modify its orbit and/or attitude from a safe distance in a controlled manner, without the need of docking. After describing the main characteristics of the IBS system, some of the key aspects of thruster plasma and its interaction with the debris are studied, namely, (1) the modeling of the expansion of an plasma beam, based on the quasi-selfsimilarity exhibited by hypersonic plumes, (2) the characterization of the force and torque exerted upon the target debris, and (3) a preliminary evaluation of other plasma-body interactions.

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Item ID: 21137
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/21137/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:21137
Official URL: http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/book/10.2514/MJPC11
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 28 Mar 2014 16:32
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 11:14
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