Memorias de investigación
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Multiple Removal of Spent Rocket Upper Stages with an Ion Beam Shepherd
Year:2013

Research Areas
  • Mechanical aeronautics and naval engineering

Information
Abstract
Among the many advantages of the recently proposed ion beam shepherd (IBS) debris removal technique is the capability to deal with multiple targets in a single mission. A preliminary analysis is here conducted in order to estimate the cost in terms of spacecraft mass and total mission time to remove multiple large-size upper stages of the Zenit family. Zenit-2 upper stages are clustered at 71 degrees inclination around 850 km altitude in low Earth orbit. It is found that a removal of two targets per year is feasible with a modest size spacecraft. The most favorable combinations of targets are outlined.
International
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Congress
6th European Conference on Space Debris
960
Place
European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
1609042X
Start Date
22/04/2013
End Date
25/04/2013
From page
1
To page
5
Proceedings of the 6th European Conference on Space Debris
Participants
  • Autor: Claudio Bombardelli UPM
  • Autor: Javier Herrera Montojo Contratado Laboral OTT UPM
  • Autor: Juan Luis Gonzalo Gómez Contratado Laboral OTT UPM

Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Departamento: Física Aplicada a la Ingeniería Aeronáutica