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Debris Collision Avoidance by Means of Attitude Control – In-Flight Demonstration with TET-1

Hülsmann, Maren and Kahle, Ralph and Schneller, Manfred and Aida, Saika and Hahn, Manuel and Panzenböck, Elisabeth and Spörl, Andreas and Terzibaschian, Thomas and Halle, Winfried (2018) Debris Collision Avoidance by Means of Attitude Control – In-Flight Demonstration with TET-1. Elsevier. 69th International Astronautical Congress, 1.-5. Oktober 2018, Bremen, Deutschland. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsse.2019.09.003

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsse.2019.09.003


Collision avoidance is more and more of importance due to the growing amount of space debris posing a threat not only on satellites in orbit but also on upcoming missions. To avoid a collision between space debris and functioning satellites or even between two functioning satellites collision avoidance manoeuvres can be induced if one of the satellites has a functioning propulsion system. An alternative method of collision avoidance operations is presented in this study. By changing the satellites attitude, it is possible to obtain an increase or decrease in the semi-major axis in relation to its nominal orbital decay. The change in the semi major axis together with the time until closest approach provokes a change in the relative geometry of the satellite orbit resulting in a decreasing collision risk. This method enables collision avoidance manoeuvres for satellites in Low Earth Orbits in case of functioning attitude control systems and drag susceptible satellite geometries. Additionally the probability of a collision can be reduced by changing the satellite attitude so that the minimum effective area is perpendicular to the relative velocity vector at the time of closest approach. Both methods can be applied to satellites without propulsion, which otherwise would be defenceless. A test run for verification of collision avoidance by means of drag-minimization was performed in June 2018 with the Technology Experiment Carrier (TET-1) satellite of the FireBIRD constellation. The experiment planning and results are presented along with representative examples for collision avoidance scenarios.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121696/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Debris Collision Avoidance by Means of Attitude Control – In-Flight Demonstration with TET-1
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Hülsmann, Marenmaren.huelsmann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kahle, Ralphralph.kahle (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schneller, Manfredmanfred.m.schneller (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Aida, Saikasaika.aida (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hahn, ManuelManuel.Hahn (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Panzenböck, Elisabethelisabeth.panzenboeck (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Spörl, Andreasandreas.spoerl (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Terzibaschian, Thomasthomas.terzibaschian (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Halle, Winfriedwinfried.halle (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2018
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1016/j.jsse.2019.09.003
Page Range:pp. 284-290
Series Name:Journal of Space Safety Engineering
Keywords:Collision avoidance, Attitude control,Satellite operations
Event Title:69th International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Bremen, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:1.-5. Oktober 2018
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt FireBIRD
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems
Deposited By: Hülsmann, Maren
Deposited On:09 Oct 2018 08:37
Last Modified:02 Dec 2019 10:47

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