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High energy laser sources for space debris detection

Kolbe, Daniel and Sauder, Daniel and Speiser, Jochen (2014) High energy laser sources for space debris detection. DPG Frühjahrstagung Sektion AMOP, 17.-21. Mar. 2014, Berlin.

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The large and rising number of space debris particles in low earth orbit (LEO) is posing an increasing danger to LEO satellites and the ISS. For example, even sub-centimeter particles can cause significant damage to solar panels; cm-class objects can destroy satellites. In the medium term, this threat can limit the use of popular orbits that have a high density of space debris. A first step in dealing with space debris entails locating and tracking even small debris objects with high precision to calculate orbital data and evaluate the threat they pose to satellites. After an initial passive optical detection of particles, a ground-based, high energy laser is required to obtain precise distance information through time-of-flight measurements. For this purpose, a 1 J, 1 kHz laser system with good beam quality based on thin-disk laser amplifiers is under development. Here we present the current status of the experiment and give an overview of the planned laser setup.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/89933/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:High energy laser sources for space debris detection
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:19 March 2014
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:space debris; thin-disk amplifier
Event Title:DPG Frühjahrstagung Sektion AMOP
Event Location:Berlin
Event Type:national Conference
Event Dates:17.-21. Mar. 2014
Organizer:Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft e.V.
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:fixed-wing aircraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Laser Research and Technology (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics > Solid State Lasers and Nonlinear Optics
Deposited By: Kolbe, Daniel
Deposited On:29 Aug 2014 12:44
Last Modified:29 Aug 2014 12:44

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