RT Conference Proceedings
SR 00
A1 Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón
A1 Sánchez-Torres, Antonio
A1 Khan, S. B.
A1 Sánchez Arriaga, Gonzalo
A1 Charro, Mario
T1 Tape-tether design for de-orbiting from given altitude and inclination
YR 2013
FD 22-4-2012/ 25-4-2012
SP 5
K1 space debris; electrodynamic tethers
AB The 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.
T2 6th European Conference on Space Debris
ED Darmstadt, Germany
SN 978-92-9221-287-2
AV Published
LK http://oa.upm.es/26066/