A friendly software aimed at the design of space debris mitigation missions using bare electrodynamics tethers
BETsMA, a software developed under the FP7/Space project BETs funded by the European Commission, aim at preliminary mission analysis using bare electrodynamics tethers. It brings together in a friendly tool more than 20 years of research on bare tethers and the latest developments by the BETs Consortium. Using BETsMA, both experts and beginners on tethers will find the optimum tether system for a given space debris deorbiting mission, i.e. initial orbit altitude and inclination and mass of the host satellite. The software provides the main figures of merits, including deorbit time, mass of the subsystems, satellite trajectory and tether survival probability among others. Its friendly user interface and optimized algorithms validated against previous works on tethers are specially designed for quick parametric studies in a broad range of orbital and tether conditions.
BETsMA is a software dedicated to the preliminary mission analysis of deorbit missions with bare electrodynamics tethers, i.e. to bring back to the Earth the satellite at the end of its live. Its friendly-user interface makes BETsMA an ideal tool for non-expert engineers on tethers, who need a fast but accurate estimation of the parameters of the mission. It includes a tool to makes optimal tether design and a detailed flight simulator. Its intuitive interface, fast algorithms and thorough set of outputs, including evolution of the orbital parameters, deorbit time, tether electrical values along the deorbiting, and survival probability among others, make BETsMA a unique tool. The interface and the visualization tool is designed to carry out parametric studies in a broad range of conditions.
“The user-friendly interface of BETsMA gives a fast an accurate response to the main issues related to deorbit satellite missions with bare electrodynamics tethers ”
“Space agencies, companies and research groups need a tool to design tether missions and calculate their costs”
BETsMA has been developed under the FP7/Space project “BETs” (No 262972) in the Departamento de Física Aplicada de la ETSI Aeronáuticos. The coordinator of the project, Prof. J. R. Sanmartín, introduced the bare tether concept in 1993 and the optimization scheme used by BETsMA.
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Gonzalo Sánchez Arriaga
Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Area
Centre of Support for Technological Innovation
Technical University of Madrid