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Mission concept and autonomy considerations for active Debris removal

Peters, Susanne and Pirzkall, Christoph and Fiedler, Hauke and Förstner, Roger (2016) Mission concept and autonomy considerations for active Debris removal. Acta Astronautica, pp. 410-418. Elsevier. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.10.006. ISSN 0094-5765.

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576516306786


Over the last 60 years, Space Debris has become one of the main challenges for the safe operation of satellites in low Earth orbit. To address this threat, guidelines that include a limited debris release during normal operations, minimization of the potential for on-orbit break-ups and post mission disposal have begun to be implemented. However, for the long-term, the amount of debris will still increase due to fragments created by collisions of objects in space. The active removal of space debris of at least five large objects per years is therefore recommended, but not yet included in those guidelines. Even though various technical concepts have been developed over the last years, the question on how to make them reliable and safe or how to finance such mission has not been answered. This paper addresses the first two topics. With Space Debris representing an uncooperative and possibly tumbling target, close proximity becomes absolutely critical, especially when an uninterrupted connection to the ground station is not ensured. This paper therefore defines firstly a mission to remove at least five large objects and secondly introduces a preliminary autonomy concept fitted for this mission.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/109858/
Document Type:Article
Title:Mission concept and autonomy considerations for active Debris removal
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Peters, Susanneuniversität der bundeswehr münchenUNSPECIFIED
Pirzkall, Christophuniversität der bundeswehr münchenUNSPECIFIED
Fiedler, HaukeHauke.Fiedler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Förstner, Rogeruniversität der bundeswehr münchenUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.10.006
Page Range:pp. 410-418
Keywords:space debris, active debris removal, autonomy
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: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Deposited By: Fiedler, Dr. Hauke
Deposited On:20 Dec 2016 11:11
Last Modified:10 Jan 2019 15:40

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