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Space Debris Deflection by Space-Based Laser

Fri, 05/20/2022 - 17:45
Start Date: 
2019
Programme: 
Discovery
End Date: 
2021
Programme Reference: 
19-D-T-OPS-01
Country: 
Italy
Contractor: 
Thales Alenia Space
Status: 
Closed
Description: 

The study takes place in the context of the space environment remediation. Tackling the issue of space debris is becoming more and more critical as it becomes more dangerous for existing and future space missions. Solutions must be found to ensure the security of space missions security and a clean space environment. Laser pressure solutions are considered promising as they only using momentum transfer to perform debris manoeuvres to avoid collisions. This means that no additional debris is generated using this technique. The goal of this study was to analyse the feasability of such a laser momentum transfer mission and to identify the associated performance and envisaged solution architecture.

Application Domain: 
Space Transportation
Technology Domain: 
11 - Space Debris
Competence Domain: 
10-Astrodynamics, Space Debris and Space Environment
Keywords: 
CleanSpace
Space debris
Laser
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