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Orbital Debris Removal by Laser Radiation.

Schall, W. O. (1990) Orbital Debris Removal by Laser Radiation. In: Proceedings. 41st Congress of the IAF, 6-12 October 1990, Dresden..

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Abstract

The use of high-power lasers is suggested for the removal of small orbital debris of up to 10 cm in diameter. Assuming data for a most probable collision orbit and for realistic ejection speeds of debris vapor under laser irradiation, calculations show the feasibility of tre ating a debris object like a laser-propelled rocket. The acceleration of the debris during irradiation allows to change its orbit for a direct reentry into the earth atmosphere. An autonomous orbital vehicle could eventually clear the whole low earth orbital environment from small debris. In a modification of this method a laser could be used on short note to divert the flight path of a piece of debris to avoid a collision.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=1990, pages=10,
Title:Orbital Debris Removal by Laser Radiation.
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Schall, W. O.UNSPECIFIED
Date:1990
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings
Status:Published
Keywords:Debris Removal, Laser Radiation
Event Title:41st Congress of the IAF, 6-12 October 1990, Dresden.
HGF - Research field:UNSPECIFIED
HGF - Program:other
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:UNSPECIFIED
DLR - Program:no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Laser Research and Technology
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics
Deposited By: elib DLR-Beauftragter
Deposited On:02 Apr 2006
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 05:44

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