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Experimental verification of high energy laser-generated impulse for remote laser control of space debris

Lorbeer, Raoul-Amadeus and Zwilich, Michael and Zabic, Miroslav and Scharring, Stefan and Eisert, Lukas and Wilken, Jascha and Schumacher, Dennis and Roth, Markus and Eckel, Hans-Albert (2018) Experimental verification of high energy laser-generated impulse for remote laser control of space debris. Scientific Reports, 8, p. 8453. Nature Publishing Group. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-26336-1. ISSN 2045-2322.

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Official URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-26336-1


Walking along a beach one may notice debris being washed ashore from the vast oceans. Then, turning your head up at night you even might noticed a shooting star or a bright spot passing by. Chances are, that you witnessed space debris, endangering future space flight in lower earth orbit. If it was possible to turn cm-sized debris into shooting stars the problem might be averted. Unfortunately, these fragments counting in the 100 thousands are not controllable. To possibly regain control we demonstrate how to exert forces on a free falling debris object from a distance by ablating material with a high energy ns-laser-system. Thrust effects did scale as expected from simulations and led to speed gains above 0.3 m/s per laser pulse in an evacuated micro-gravity environment.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/120684/
Document Type:Article
Title:Experimental verification of high energy laser-generated impulse for remote laser control of space debris
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Lorbeer, Raoul-Amadeusraoul.lorbeer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Scharring, Stefanstefan.scharring (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Eisert, Lukaslukas.eisert (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wilken, JaschaJascha.Wilken (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5748-1261
Schumacher, DennisGSI Helmholtzzentrum für SchwerionenforschungUNSPECIFIED
Roth, MarkusTechnische Universität DarmstadtUNSPECIFIED
Eckel, Hans-AlbertHans-Albert.Eckel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:31 May 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Scientific Reports
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1038/s41598-018-26336-1
Page Range:p. 8453
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
Keywords:Laser, Space Debris, Laser Ablation, Micro-Gravity
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):Vorhaben Einsatz von Lasern zur Detektion von Weltraumschrott (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics > Studies and Concepts
Deposited By: Lorbeer, Raoul-Amadeus
Deposited On:16 Jul 2018 11:25
Last Modified:16 Jul 2018 11:25

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