Numerical simulations of an electrodynamic tether deployment from a spool-type reel using thrusters

Kentaro Iki, Satomi Kawamoto, Yoshiki Morino

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    Abstract

    The amount of space debris is ever increasing, and pollution of the space environment has become a serious problem that can no longer be ignored. Consequently, the active removal of large space debris from crowded economically useful orbits should begin as soon as possible. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has been investigating an active debris removal system that employs highly efficient electrodynamic tether (EDT) technology for orbital transfer. This study investigates the tether deployment from a spool-type reel using thrusters by means of numerical simulations of an EDT system. The thrusters are used in order to ensure the deployment of a tether with the length of several kilometers. In the simulations using a multiple mass tether model, the dynamics of tether deployment is studied and requirements of thruster needed for the deployment, such as the thrust forces and the periods of thruster activation, are clarified.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
    Pages1045-1064
    Number of pages20
    Volume145
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event1st International Academy of Astronautics Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems, DyCoSS 2012 - Porto
    Duration: 2012 Mar 192012 Mar 21

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    Other1st International Academy of Astronautics Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems, DyCoSS 2012
    CityPorto
    Period12/3/1912/3/21

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Space and Planetary Science

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    Iki, K., Kawamoto, S., & Morino, Y. (2012). Numerical simulations of an electrodynamic tether deployment from a spool-type reel using thrusters. In Advances in the Astronautical Sciences (Vol. 145, pp. 1045-1064)