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Towards a European Space Traffic Management System

Tüllmann, Ralph and Arbinger, Christian and Baskcomb, Stuart and Berdermann, Jens and Fiedler, Hauke and Klock, Erich and Schildknecht, Thomas (2018) Towards a European Space Traffic Management System. In: Proceedings of the 9 th IAASS Conference “Know Safety, No Pain”, 9, pp. 257-263. 9th IAASS Conference - Know Safety, No Pain, 2017-10-18 - 2017-10-20, Toulouse, Frankreich. ISBN 978-90-828378-0-3.

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We summarize the main results from an evaluation study which we conducted on behalf of ESA with the aim to identify key pillars for a European Space Traffic Management (STM) system. Our primary focus is on suborbital space transportation, specifically on point-to-point (p2p) connections for human space travel/cargo transportation (including vertical ballistic joyrides), on satellite deployment via air launch systems and on the safe integration of spacecraft with an evolving Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. A Reference Operations Scenario (ROS) is discussed against which the potential European STM system is designed, playing a fundamental role in the ATM and STM integration process. Initial results from simulations of a hypothetical suborbital p2p flight are presented. They indicate that those flights are generally feasible regarding collision risks with traceable space debris/objects. Considering, however, non-traceable space debris/objects, a clear gap between the minimum size of detectable objects and the maximum size of objects against which spacecraft can be shielded becomes obvious. If not properly mitigated, the risk caused by this gap could become a show stopper for commercial suborbital space flights. Finally, the Top 10 list of issues is presented that need to be tackled before a European STM system is ready for implementation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/119076/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Towards a European Space Traffic Management System
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Baskcomb, StuartROSAS Center Fribourg, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Berdermann, JensUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3308-4584UNSPECIFIED
Schildknecht, ThomasAstronomical Institute, University of BernUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:February 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the 9 th IAASS Conference “Know Safety, No Pain”
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 257-263
Series Name:IAASS Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Suborbital Space Transportation, Space Debris, Space Traffic Management, Air Traffic Management, Safety & Reliability
Event Title:9th IAASS Conference - Know Safety, No Pain
Event Location:Toulouse, Frankreich
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:18 October 2017
Event End Date:20 October 2017
Organizer:International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Institute of Communication and Navigation > Navigation
Deposited By: Tüllmann, Dr.rer.nat Ralph
Deposited On:01 Mar 2018 10:54
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:23

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