Electrostatic cleaning system for removing lunar dust adhering to space suits

Hiroyuki Kawamoto, Noritaka Hara

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    Abstract

    Removing lunar dust adhering to astronaut space suits is critically important for long-term lunar exploration. We are developing an automatic cleaning system that uses electrostatic force. It employs an alternating electrostatic field that forms a barrier on the surface of fabrics. In this study, we applied single-phase rectangular voltage to parallel wire electrodes stitched into the insulating fabric of space suits. By applying mechanical vibration and operating the system in a vacuum, we realized high performance: the cleaning rate exceeded 80%. Flicking out particles smaller than 10m in diameter that were trapped between fibers was difficult, but this system can perform preliminary space suit cleaning and save precious time for astronauts on the moon.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)442-444
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Aerospace Engineering
    Volume24
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct

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    Keywords

    • Aerospace engineering
    • Dynamics
    • Electrical equipment
    • Particles
    • Soils
    • Space exploration

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Materials Science(all)

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    Electrostatic cleaning system for removing lunar dust adhering to space suits. / Kawamoto, Hiroyuki; Hara, Noritaka.

    In: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol. 24, No. 4, 10.2011, p. 442-444.

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