Magnetic cleaning device for lunar dust adhering to spacesuits

Hiroyuki Kawamoto*, Hiroki Inoue

*この研究の対応する著者

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    The removal of lunar dust adhering to spacesuits is essential for the long-term exploration of the Moon. Because lunar dust is magnetic, a convenient cleaning device that utilizes magnetic force has been developed. The device can capture and separate lunar dust continuously with a multipole magnetic roller. The observed separation rate was 90%, but the capture rate was low, resulting in an overall cleaning rate of 40%. The rate increased when large amounts of dust adhered to the fabric. Although it was difficult to capture small particles trapped between fabric fibers, this device will be able to preliminarily clean spacesuits and save the precious activity time of astronauts on the Moon.

    本文言語English
    ページ(範囲)139-142
    ページ数4
    ジャーナルJournal of Aerospace Engineering
    25
    1
    DOI
    出版ステータスPublished - 2012 1月

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • 航空宇宙工学
    • 土木構造工学
    • 機械工学
    • 材料科学(全般)

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