Tape-tether design for de-orbiting from given altitude and inclinationJuan RamónSanmartín LosadaauthorAntonioSánchez-TorresauthorS. B.KhanauthorGonzaloSánchez ArriagaauthorMarioCharroauthorThe product of the tether-to-satellite mass ratio and the
probability of tether cuts by small debris must be small
to make electrodynamic bare tethers a competitive and
useful de-orbiting technology. In the case of a circular
orbit and assuming a model for the debris population, the
product can be written as a function that just depends
on the initial orbit parameters (altitude and inclination)
and the tether geometry. This formula, which does not
contain the time explicitly and ignores the details of the
tether dynamics during the de-orbiting, is used to find design rules for the tape dimensions and the orbit parameter
ranges where tethers dominate other de-orbiting technologies
like rockets, electrical propulsion, and sails.AeronauticsPhysics2013-04-22ESA CommunicationsPresentation at Congress or Conference