Space Debris Removal Using an Automated Capturing and Self Stabilizing System, C.L.E.O.

Goswami, Tanusha and Iyer, Srinivas Ramesh and Singh, Nitesh Kumar and Yadav, Kumud Darshan and Shekar, Spoorthi and Singh, Balbir (2017) Space Debris Removal Using an Automated Capturing and Self Stabilizing System, C.L.E.O. In: International Conference on Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (ICMAE 2010), 22/07/2017, Prague, Czech Republic.

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Abstract

C.L.E.O. (Cleaner of Lower Earth Orbit) is a space architecture concept that aims at removing debris, ranged between 1 to 10 cm and even larger in diameter. The module consists of two systems; the capturing mechanism and module stabilization. The oncoming debris will be identified using MWIR sensors. Due to the rotatory tendency of the debris, algorithms are used which will find the size, shape and angle of approach of the debris with the help of tracking sensors (reducing the error margin to nearly zero). The mechanism chases the debris in the desired orbit by capturing it using the differences in the relativistic motion between the debris and the module and reduces it to near zero. This module can align itself to any object within specified range for straight level entry through set conic angle determined by simulations. C.L.E.O houses a set of reaction wheels for stability and balancing about all the axes, foreseeing any translations due to disturbances to the satellite. This mechanism aims for creating an economical standalone and self-sustaining system that can help in removal, mitigation and control of space junk.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: reaction wheels; space debris; attitude control; mathematical modelling; detection
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Aeronautical and Automobile
Engineering > MIT Manipal > Electronics and Communication
Engineering > MIT Manipal > Mechanical and Manufacturing
Engineering > MIT Manipal > Mechatronics
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2017 10:22
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2017 10:22
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/150193

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