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End of Life operations for disposal of mega‐constellations

Thu, 12/09/2021 - 09:43
Start Date: 
2017
Programme: 
Discovery
End Date: 
2018
Programme Reference: 
15/052
Country: 
Germany
Contractor: 
Airbus Defence & Space
Description: 

The objective of this activity is to understand the operational complexity of large mega-constellation systems, and the potential needs to operate these, including the complexity of the collision avoidance manoeuvres (CAMS).
This objective can be achieved by:
• Assessing different EoL strategies for mega-constellations of the size and complexity as foreseen for the future telecommunication mega-constellations.
• Analysing the implications on space and ground segment design to support execution of End of Life activities for each of the strategies identified (from the previous bullet) comparing the different ground and spacecraft conceptual architectures.
• Analyse the execution of both debris and inter-satellite CAMs during LEOP, orbit raising, routine phases and orbit lowering for mega-constellations.
• Derive system and operational requirements on mega-constellations for End of Life activities (EoL) and Space Debris mitigation.
• Establish a baseline scenario for an operational concept to handle Space Debris Mitigation for mega-constellations.

Application Domain: 
Generic Technologies
Keywords: 
Mega Constellations
ADM
End of Life
Operations
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