Tape-tether design for de-orbiting from given altitude and inclination

Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón and Sánchez-Torres, Antonio and Khan, S. B. and Sánchez Arriaga, Gonzalo and Charro, Mario (2013). Tape-tether design for de-orbiting from given altitude and inclination. In: "6th European Conference on Space Debris", 22-4-2012/ 25-4-2012, Darmstadt, Germany. ISBN 978-92-9221-287-2.

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Title: Tape-tether design for de-orbiting from given altitude and inclination
Author/s:
  • Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón
  • Sánchez-Torres, Antonio
  • Khan, S. B.
  • Sánchez Arriaga, Gonzalo
  • Charro, Mario
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 6th European Conference on Space Debris
Event Dates: 22-4-2012/ 25-4-2012
Event Location: Darmstadt, Germany
Title of Book: Proceedings of the 6th European Conference on Space Debris
Date: 22 April 2013
ISBN: 978-92-9221-287-2
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: space debris; electrodynamic tethers
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

The product of the tether-to-satellite mass ratio and the probability of tether cuts by small debris must be small to make electrodynamic bare tethers a competitive and useful de-orbiting technology. In the case of a circular orbit and assuming a model for the debris population, the product can be written as a function that just depends on the initial orbit parameters (altitude and inclination) and the tether geometry. This formula, which does not contain the time explicitly and ignores the details of the tether dynamics during the de-orbiting, is used to find design rules for the tape dimensions and the orbit parameter ranges where tethers dominate other de-orbiting technologies like rockets, electrical propulsion, and sails.

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Item ID: 26066
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/26066/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:26066
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Aeronauticos
Deposited on: 16 May 2014 17:12
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 11:39
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