Space Debris Removal with Bare Electrodynamic Tethers

Bombardelli, Claudio and Herrera Montojo, Javier and Peláez Álvarez, Jesús and Iturri-Torrea, Ander (2010). Space Debris Removal with Bare Electrodynamic Tethers. 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: Space Debris Removal with Bare Electrodynamic Tethers
Author/s:
  • Bombardelli, Claudio
  • Herrera Montojo, Javier
  • Peláez Álvarez, Jesús
  • Iturri-Torrea, Ander
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

Electrodynamic tethers (EDT´s) have been proposed as one of the most promising tool for space debris removal thanks to their inherently propellantless mode of operation. Among the different technological solutions for electrodynamic tether current collection the bare tether concept has been shown to offer the best performance in terms of deorbiting capability per unit of tether mass. In this article, we consider optimally sized bare electrodynamic tethers with tape cross section attached to existing space debris whose characteristics are provided by the DISCOS database of the European Space Agency. Simulations are performed with aluminum tape EDTs stabilized along the local vertical and assuming Orbital Motion Limited (OML) theory. For the present design the EDT system is completely passive, i.e. it does not use onboard power in the current generation process. Considered tether lengths and masses are 10,15,20 km and 40,60 and 80 kg. Results confirm the suitability of passive EDTs as orbital debris removal systems

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Item ID: 9572
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/9572/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:9572
Official URL: http://www.space-flight.org/AAS_meetings/2010_winter/2010%20winter.html
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 04 Nov 2011 09:11
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 17:56
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