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Space debris removal by ground-based lasers: main conclusions of the European project CLEANSPACE

Eckel, Hans-Albert and Esmiller, Bruno and Wnuk, Edwin and Jacquelard, Christophe (2014) Space debris removal by ground-based lasers: main conclusions of the European project CLEANSPACE. Applied Optics, 53 (31), pp. 145-154. Optical Society of America. doi: 10.1364/AO.53.000I45. ISSN 1559-128X.

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Studies show that the number of debris in low Earth orbit is exponentially growing despite future debris release mitigation measures considered. Specifically, the already existing population of small and medium debris (between 1 cm and several dozens of cm) is today a concrete threat to operational satellites. A ground-based laser solution which can remove, at low expense and in a nondestructive way, hazardous debris around selected space assets appears as a highly promising answer. This solution is studied within the framework of the CLEANSPACE project which is part of the FP7 space program. The overall CLEANSPACE objective is: to propose an efficient and affordable global system architecture, to tackle safety regulation aspects, political implications and future collaborations, to develop affordable technological bricks, and to establish a roadmap for the development and the future implantation of a fully functional laser protection system. This paper will present the main conclusions of the CLEANSPACE project.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/91233/
Document Type:Article
Title:Space debris removal by ground-based lasers: main conclusions of the European project CLEANSPACE
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Esmiller, BrunoAirbus Defence and SpaceUNSPECIFIED
Wnuk, EdwinAdam Mickiewicz University, Astronomical Observatory, Poznan, PolandUNSPECIFIED
Jacquelard, ChristopheCilasUNSPECIFIED
Date:1 November 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Applied Optics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1364/AO.53.000I45
Page Range:pp. 145-154
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Publisher:Optical Society of America
Keywords:Lasers, Teleskopes
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
Deposited By: Eckel, Dr.rer.nat. Hans-Albert
Deposited On:22 Oct 2014 14:23
Last Modified:20 Jun 2021 15:45

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