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Experimental verification of innovative debris detector

Bauer, Waldemar and Romberg, Oliver and Putzar, Robin (2015) Experimental verification of innovative debris detector. Acta Astronautica, 117, pp. 49-54. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2015.07.008. ISSN 0094-5765.

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576515002787


To analyse the quantity of space debris and micrometeoroids in space, an innovative in-situ impact detection method has been developed at DLR (German Aerospace Center) in Bremen, Germany. The method Solar generator based Impact Detector “SOLID” uses solar panels for impact detection. Since solar panels provide large detection areas, this method allows for the collection of large amounts of data, to be used also for model validation. Furthermore, impact damage can be verified once more to confirm or to refute an impact. Both aspects can significantly improve the quality of model validation by using large amounts of highly reliable data. A verification of the detection method was performed by Hypervelocity Impact (HVI) tests at Fraunhofer EMI, Freiburg, Germany. The HVI tests were conducted using projectiles with a diameter between 500 µm and 2 mm. The impact velocity of those objects ranged from 3.9 km/s to 6.2 km/s. The objective of this investigation was to test the applicability of the developed method concerning in-situ detection of space debris and micrometeoroids. The achieved test results are in agreement with ESA developed damage equations. The ability of the detection method SOLID for impact detection of space debris and micrometeoroids was clearly demonstrated.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/102167/
Document Type:Article
Title:Experimental verification of innovative debris detector
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Bauer, Waldemarwaldemar.bauer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Romberg, OliverDeutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2287-2910
Putzar, RobinFraunhofer Institute for High-Speed DynamicsUNSPECIFIED
Date:December 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.actaastro.2015.07.008
Page Range:pp. 49-54
Keywords:SOLID, in-situ impact detection, solar panels, hypervelocity impact, satellite subsystems
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Aufbau und Aktualisierung eines DLR-Katalogs für Raumfahrtrückstande (Space Debris) (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Bauer, Waldemar
Deposited On:21 Jan 2016 09:30
Last Modified:24 Mar 2020 11:02

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