Space junk removal demonstrator in Spaceships & Vehicles
uncle_jimbo Apr 3 2018, 08:09 Group: Grid Cop, 5éme Corbin Quote Post
It's getting more and more timely and it sounds as if this team has several practical ideas to try out.


RemoveDebris carries its own "junk" - two small cubesats that it will eject and then track.

For one of these, the "mother" satellite will demonstrate the laser ranging (Lidar) and camera technology needed to monitor and characterise debris in orbit; for the the other cubesat, it will actually try to snare the object with a net.

There will also be a demonstration of a small harpoon.

The RemoveDebris satellite will extend a boom with a target on the end.

The sharp projectile will be fired at this to learn more about how such devices move and impact a surface in micro-gravity.

At the end of its mission, RemoveDebris will deploy a large membrane.

This "sail" will increase the drag from air molecules high in the atmosphere and act to pull the satellite down to Earth much faster than would otherwise be the case.

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