Electrostatic cleaning system for removing lunar dust adhering to space suits

Hiroyuki Kawamoto, Noritaka Hara

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    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.

    元の言語English
    ページ(範囲)442-444
    ページ数3
    ジャーナルJournal of Aerospace Engineering
    24
    発行部数4
    DOI
    出版物ステータスPublished - 2011 10

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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