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Research Issues and Challenges in Autonomous Active Space Debris Removal

Peters, Susanne and Fiedler, Hauke and Mai, Wolfgang and Förstner, Roger (2013) Research Issues and Challenges in Autonomous Active Space Debris Removal. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, p. 9. International Astronautical Congress, 23.-27.09.2013, Beijing, China.

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With respect to an increasing threat of space debris for the space environment, uncontrolled objects orbiting the Earth are subject to a series of activities for stabilization on the amount of man-made debris. It is well-known that one of the mitigation means, active space debris removal, (ADR) will be inevitable to achieve this goal. Mission scenarios for ADR involve docking and grabbing as well as formation flying operations with non-cooperative targets. Prospectively, these missions will require a higher level of autonomy than implemented nowadays. Especially during close approach and capture, time-critical manoeuvres due to unforeseen events have the need for autonomous situation based reactions which will alleviate this challenge. Based on a reasoned reference scenario, this paper introduces cognitive automation for critical manoeuvres with the capability to react on unexpected changes during mission time. This concept is found to be suitable for high level autonomy; for situation based action with the capability of weighing potentially contradictory goals. Its basics and system architecture are presented in this paper.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/86577/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Research Issues and Challenges in Autonomous Active Space Debris Removal
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Peters, SusanneUniversität der Bundeswehr MünchenUNSPECIFIED
Mai, WolfgangUniversität der Bundeswehr MünchenUNSPECIFIED
Förstner, RogerUniversität der Bundeswehr MünchenUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:p. 9
Keywords:space debris, autonomy, active debris removal
Event Title:International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Beijing, China
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:23.-27.09.2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Deposited By: Fiedler, Dr. Hauke
Deposited On:16 Dec 2013 08:46
Last Modified:08 May 2014 23:19

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