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Bio-inspired Solutions for Space Debris Removal

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 15:16
Start Date: 
2020
Programme: 
Discovery
End Date: 
2022
Programme Reference: 
19-D-T-TEC-02
Country: 
Germany
Contractor: 
Fraunhofer CML
Status: 
Closed
Description: 

The BIOINSPACED project was initiated to find bio-inspired solutions for space debris removal because the identification, orbital alignment, capture and removal of uncooperative bodies in space is incredibly complex and no fully functioning method is available to date. Biology and its evolved mechanisms often provide specialized concepts that show great transferability to technical systems. They benefit from millennia of evolution and thus present a great diversity of features available that are often deemed essential for space systems as well, such as response-stimuli adaptability, robustness and lightweight construction, autonomy and intelligence, energy efficiency, and self-repair or healing capabilities.

Application Domain: 
Space Safety
Technology Domain: 
Space Debris
Competence Domain: 
2-Structures, Mechanisms, Materials, Thermal
10-Astrodynamics, Space Debris and Space Environment
Keywords: 
Biomimicry
Biomimetics
space debris mitigation
active debris removal
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