Analysis of tape tether survival in LEO against orbital debris

Khan, Shaker Bayajid and Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón (2014). Analysis of tape tether survival in LEO against orbital debris. "Advances in Space Research", v. 53 (n. 9); pp. 1370-1376. ISSN 0273-1177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2014.02.008.

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Title: Analysis of tape tether survival in LEO against orbital debris
Author/s:
  • Khan, Shaker Bayajid
  • Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Advances in Space Research
Date: 2014
Volume: 53
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

The low earth orbit (LEO) environment contains a large number of artificial debris, of which a significant portion is due to dead satellites and fragments of satellites resulted from explosions and in-orbit collisions. Deorbiting defunct satellites at the end of their life can be achieved by a successful operation of an Electrodynamic Tether (EDT) system. The effectiveness of an EDT greatly depends on the survivability of the tether, which can become debris itself if cut by debris particles; a tether can be completely cut by debris having some minimal diameter. The objective of this paper is to develop an accurate model using power laws for debris-size ranges, in both ORDEM2000 and MASTER2009 debris flux models, to calculate tape tether survivability. The analytical model, which depends on tape dimensions (width, thickness) and orbital parameters (inclinations, altitudes) is then verified with fully numerical results to compare for different orbit inclinations, altitudes and tape width for both ORDEM2000 and MASTER2009 flux data.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
FP7262972BETSUnspecifiedPropellantless deorbiting of space debris by bare electrodynamic tethers

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Item ID: 30299
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/30299/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:30299
DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2014.02.008
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273117714001112
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Aeronauticos
Deposited on: 26 Jun 2014 05:37
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2016 10:32
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