Survivability analysis of tape-tether against two concurring impacts with debris

García-Pelayo Novo, Ricardo Ángel and Khan, Shaker Bayajid and Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón (2016). Survivability analysis of tape-tether against two concurring impacts with debris. "Advances in Space Research", v. 57 ; pp. 2273-2284. ISSN 0273-1177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2016.03.018.

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Title: Survivability analysis of tape-tether against two concurring impacts with debris
Author/s:
  • García-Pelayo Novo, Ricardo Ángel
  • Khan, Shaker Bayajid
  • Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Advances in Space Research
Date: March 2016
Volume: 57
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Electrodynamic tether; Debris; Probability; Crater
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Aeronáutica y del Espacio (UPM)
Department: Física Aplicada a las Ingenierías Aeronáutica y Naval
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

It has recently been shown that a thin-tape tether, as opposite to a round one, has a high probability of survival to single impacts by space debris, under a broad range of de-orbit operation conditions. The purpose of the present work is to extend that analysis to survival to multiple impacts by smaller, but more abundant, debris. The method used here consist, essentially, in separating the particles into “large” and “small” ones. The large ones are so rare that the probability of them concurring on the same spot can be neglected. The small ones are a sort of background, and it is shown that the probability of them impinging close enough to a large particle crater to cause malfunction of the tape is negligible. A particular mission is considered, de-orbiting a 3000 kg spacecraft from 800 km altitude at 90°90° inclination by means of an aluminium tape of dimensions 10,000 m × 0.06 m × (5 × 10−5) m. It is shown that the probability that this mission survives to multiple impacts is at least 0.978. The application of this method to missions of different parameters is also discuss

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
FP7262972BETSUniversidad Politecnica de MadridPropellantless deorbiting of space debris by bare electrodynamic tethers
Universidad Politécnica de MadridRR01/2009UnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnspecified

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Item ID: 43360
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/43360/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:43360
DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2016.03.018
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2016.03.018
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Aeronauticos
Deposited on: 26 Sep 2016 08:11
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2019 18:17
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