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Space Environment Characterisation by applying an innovative Debris Detector

Bauer, Waldemar and Romberg, Oliver and Barschke, Merlin (2015) Space Environment Characterisation by applying an innovative Debris Detector. Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, Sep. 2015, Maui, Hawaii.

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The knowledge about small (> 100 µm) but abundant objects in space is low. To analyze the quantity of space debris and micrometeoroids in space, an innovative in-situ impact detection method has been developed at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Bremen, Germany. The Solar generator based Impact Detector “SOLID” uses solar panels for impact detection. Since solar panels provide large detection areas, this method allows the collection of large amounts of data. Such data enhances space debris and micrometeoroid population datasets and permits for related model validation. A ground verification of the detection method has been performed by Hypervelocity Impact (HVI) tests at Fraunhofer´s Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI), Freiburg, Germany. 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 and the functionality of the detector has clearly been demonstrated. This paper presents the already manufactured hardware planned for on orbit test on the Technische Universität Berlin’s TechnoSat mission in 2016. The expected numbers of impacts based on corresponding probabilities as well as uncertainties regarding object size estimation are also outlined.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/102190/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Space Environment Characterisation by applying an innovative Debris Detector
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Bauer, WaldemarUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7972-2721
Romberg, OliverUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2287-2910
Barschke, MerlinTechnical University Berlin, Department for Aeronautics and AstronauticsUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Series Name:2015 AMOS Conference Technical Papers
Keywords:SOLID, solar panel, satellite subsystems
Event Title:Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference
Event Location:Maui, Hawaii
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:Sep. 2015
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 - Project Space Debris (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Bauer, Waldemar
Deposited On:10 Feb 2016 12:16
Last Modified:10 Jun 2022 12:11

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