Ion beam shepherd satellite for space debris removal

Merino, M.C. and Ahedo Galilea, Eduardo and Bombardelli, Claudio and Urrutxua, H. and Pelaez Alvarez, Jesus (2013). Ion beam shepherd satellite for space debris removal. "Progress in Propulsion Physics", v. 4 ; pp. 789-802. https://doi.org/10.1051/eucass/201304789.

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Title: Ion beam shepherd satellite for space debris removal
Author/s:
  • Merino, M.C.
  • Ahedo Galilea, Eduardo
  • Bombardelli, Claudio
  • Urrutxua, H.
  • Pelaez Alvarez, Jesus
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Progress in Propulsion Physics
Date: 2013
Volume: 4
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Aeronáutica y del Espacio (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 contactless space debris removal system is proposed in which the debris orbital motion is actively controlled by exploiting the momentum transmitted by a collimated beam of quasi-neutral plasma impinging against its surface. The beam can be generated with state-of-the-art ion engines from a "shepherd spacecraft" coorbiting nearby. This space- craft, placed at a distance of 10?20 m from the object, would use a state-of-the-art ion thruster pointed towards the debris, as well as a sec- ond propulsion system to compensate for the beam reaction in order to keep a constant distance between the debris and the shepherd satellite throughout the deorbiting process. The key aspects of the concept, in- cluding the propulsion requirements, the modeling of the plasma beam, the momentum transfer to the body, and the dynamics and control of the system, are discussed.

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Item ID: 52222
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/52222/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:52222
DOI: 10.1051/eucass/201304789
Official URL: https://www.eucass-proceedings.eu/articles/eucass/abs/2013/01/eucass4p789/eucass4p789.html
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 29 Mar 2019 08:41
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2019 08:41
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