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RemoveDEBRIS: An in-orbit active debris removal demonstration mission

Forshaw, JL, Aglietti, GS, Navarathinam, N, Kadhem, H, Salmon, T, Pisseloup, A, Joffre, E, Chabot, T, Retat, I, Axthelm, R, Barraclough, S, Ratcliffe, A, Bernal, C, Chaumette, F, Pollini, A and Steyn, WH (2016) RemoveDEBRIS: An in-orbit active debris removal demonstration mission Acta Astronautica, 127. pp. 448-463.

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Abstract

Since the beginning of the space era, a significant amount of debris has progressively been generated. Most of the objects launched into space are still orbiting the Earth and today these objects represent a threat as the presence of space debris incurs risk of collision and damage to operational satellites. A credible solution has emerged over the recent years: actively removing debris objects by capturing them and disposing of them. This paper provides an update to the mission baseline and concept of operations of the EC FP7 RemoveDEBRIS mission drawing on the expertise of some of Europe's most prominent space institutions in order to demonstrate key active debris remove (ADR) technologies in a low-cost ambitious manner. The mission will consist of a microsatellite platform (chaser) that ejects 2 CubeSats (targets). These targets will assist with a range of strategically important ADR technology demonstrations including net capture, harpoon capture and vision-based navigation using a standard camera and LiDAR. The chaser will also host a drag sail for orbital lifetime reduction. The mission baseline has been revised to take into account feedback from international and national space policy providers in terms of risk and compliance and a suitable launch option is selected. A launch in 2017 is targeted. The RemoveDEBRIS mission aims to be one of the world's first in-orbit demonstrations of key technologies for active debris removal and is a vital prerequisite to achieving the ultimate goal of a cleaner Earth orbital environment.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Surrey Space Centre
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Forshaw, JLUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Aglietti, GSUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Navarathinam, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kadhem, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Salmon, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pisseloup, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Joffre, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chabot, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Retat, IUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Axthelm, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Barraclough, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ratcliffe, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bernal, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chaumette, FUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pollini, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Steyn, WHUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : October 2016
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.06.018
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : Debris removal, ADR, Deorbiting, Net, Harpoon, Vision-based navigation, Dragsail
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 26 Oct 2016 10:40
Last Modified : 16 Jun 2017 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812617

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