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Analysis of a space debris laser removal system
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Paper Abstract

As long as man ventures into space, he will leave behind debris, and as long as he ventures into space, this debris will pose a threat to him and his projects. Space debris must be located and decommissioned. Lasers may prove to be the ideal method, as they can operate at a distance from the debris, have a theoretically infinite supply of energy from the sun, and are a seemingly readily available technology. This paper explores the requirements and reasoning for such a laser debris removal method. A case is made for the negligibility of eliminating rotational velocity from certain systems, while a design schematic is also presented for the implementation of a cube satellite proof of concept.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10192, Laser Technology for Defense and Security XIII, 101920I (1 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2263659
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Evan Gjesvold, North Dakota State Univ. (United States)
Jeremy Straub, North Dakota State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10192:
Laser Technology for Defense and Security XIII
Mark Dubinskii; Stephen G. Post, Editor(s)

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