Multiple removal of spent rocket upper stages with an ion beam shepherd

Bombardelli, Claudio and Herrera-Montojo, J. and Gonzalo, J.L. (2013). Multiple removal of spent rocket upper stages with an ion beam shepherd. In: "6th European Conference on Space Debris", 22/04/2013 - 25/04/2013, Darmstadt, Germany. ISBN 978-92-9221-287-2. pp. 1-5.

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Title: Multiple removal of spent rocket upper stages with an ion beam shepherd
Author/s:
  • Bombardelli, Claudio
  • Herrera-Montojo, J.
  • Gonzalo, J.L.
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 6th European Conference on Space Debris
Event Dates: 22/04/2013 - 25/04/2013
Event Location: Darmstadt, Germany
Title of Book: Proceedings of the 6th European Conference on Space Debris
Date: August 2013
ISBN: 978-92-9221-287-2
Volume: 723
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos (UPM)
Department: Aeronaves y Vehículos Espaciales
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Among the many advantages of the recently proposed ion beam shepherd (IBS) debris removal technique is the capability to deal with multiple targets in a single mission. A preliminary analysis is here conducted in order to estimate the cost in terms of spacecraft mass and total mission time to remove multiple large-size upper stages of the Zenit family. Zenit-2 upper stages are clustered at 71 degrees inclination around 850 km altitude in low Earth orbit. It is found that a removal of two targets per year is feasible with a modest size spacecraft. The most favorable combinations of targets are outlined.

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Item ID: 33302
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/33302/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:33302
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 21 Apr 2015 11:14
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2015 11:14
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