Performance Analysis of Bare Electrodynamic Tethers as Microsats Deorbiting Systems

Bombardelli, Claudio and Nuñez-Ayllón, Jose Manuel and Peláez Álvarez, Jesús (2010). Performance Analysis of Bare Electrodynamic Tethers as Microsats Deorbiting Systems. In: "20th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting 2010", 14/02/2010 - 17/02/2010, San Diego, California, EE.UU.. ISBN 9780877035602.

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Title: Performance Analysis of Bare Electrodynamic Tethers as Microsats Deorbiting Systems
Author/s:
  • Bombardelli, Claudio
  • Nuñez-Ayllón, Jose Manuel
  • Peláez Álvarez, Jesús
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 20th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting 2010
Event Dates: 14/02/2010 - 17/02/2010
Event Location: San Diego, California, EE.UU.
Title of Book: Advances in the Astronautical Sciences Series. Proceedings of 20th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Date: 2010
ISBN: 9780877035602
Volume: 136
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

It has recently been proposed to use bare electrodynamic tethers (EDTs) in connection with micro- and nano-satellites, either to provide a cheap test of OML current collection theory or to devise a lightweight deorbiting system for cubesats experiments. In the present article we investigate the orbital evolution of small satellites (2 kg) equipped with electrodynamic tethers of different lengths (100 m to 300 m) different ionospheric conditions and focusing on a nominal VEGA polar orbit of 700 km altitude. Issues of tether integration in the microsatellite system and tether deployment are also addressed. Results show that, given sufficient power availability and once a safe and effective deployment strategy is devised, a small dedicated experiment involving two cubesats is feasible in favorable conditions with tether length of 100-300m

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Item ID: 9569
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/9569/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:9569
Official URL: http://www.space-flight.org/AAS_meetings/2010_winter/2010%20winter.html
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 04 Nov 2011 09:30
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 17:56
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