Space debris

Space debris, also known as orbital debris, space junk, and space waste, is the collection of objects in orbit around Earth that were created by humans but no longer serve any useful purpose. These objects consist of everything from spent rocket stages and defunct satellites to erosion, explosion and collision fragments. (Wikipedia.org)






Conferences related to Space debris

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2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

The International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s biggest conference and one of the leading international forums for robotics researchers to present their work.


2020 IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS)

IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS) is an annual conference coordinated by the Plasma Science and Application Committee (PSAC) of the IEEE Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society.


2020 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC)

The Conference focuses on all aspects of instrumentation and measurement science andtechnology research development and applications. The list of program topics includes but isnot limited to: Measurement Science & Education, Measurement Systems, Measurement DataAcquisition, Measurements of Physical Quantities, and Measurement Applications.


IGARSS 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium

All fields of satellite, airborne and ground remote sensing.


SoutheastCon 2019

The annual IEEE SoutheastCon conferences promote all aspects of theories and applications of engineering disciplines. Sponsored by the IEEE Region-3 and IEEE Huntsville Section, this event will attract researchers, professionals, and students from the Southeastern region of the U.S. SoutheastCon 2019 will feature tutorial sessions, workshops, Technical Programs, and student Hardware, Software, Ethics, Paper, Web competitions.

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    SoutheastCon is the Southeastern USA Region of the IEEE's premier conference. It contains three main sections: a technical program, student competitions and regional meetings. SouthEastCon features technical papers, tutorials and exhibits.

  • SOUTHEASTCON 2009

    It is the annual IEEE Region 3 Technical, Professional, and Student Conference. As the premier conference for the IEEE Region 3, it brings together electrical, computer and other engineering and science professionals, faculty and students to share the latest information through technical sessions, tutorials and exhibits. The conference schedule includes: a technical program with seminars, tutorials, and workshops; exhibits; a student program with student competitions; and IEEE regional meetings.

  • SOUTHEASTCON 2010

    SoutheastCon 2010 is the Region 3 event which includes a student conference, a technical conference, and the Region 3 business meeting.

  • SOUTHEASTCON 2011

    IEEE SoutheastCon2011 is the annual IEEE Region 3 technical, professional, and student conference, invites conference refereed and non-refereed technical paper presentations and tutorials that advance the work and careers of conference attendees in the areas of interest for the conference.

  • SOUTHEASTCON 2012

    The annual IEEE SoutheastCon conferences promote all aspects of the theories and applications of the engineering disciplines. Sponsored by the IEEE Region 03, this event attracts researchers, professionals, and students from the Southeast region of the U.S and beyond. SoutheastCon 2012 will be held in Orlando, Florida.

  • IEEE SOUTHEASTCON 2013

    Region 3 Meeting, Technical papers, student competitions.

  • SOUTHEASTCON 2014

    Horizontal Technical Conference with all topics; students compete in multiple competions; Region 3 training meetings.

  • SoutheastCon 2015

    Horizontal Technical Conference with all topics; students compete in multiple competions; Region 3 training meetings.

  • SoutheastCon 2016

    Annual Region 3 Trifecta of Student competitions, Technical papers and volunteer training and administration.

  • SoutheastCon 2017

    Broad scope professional paper conference, region 3 annual meeting, region 3 annual student conference

  • SoutheastCon 2018

    SoutheastCon is a annual conference held in Region 3 and covers a Professional Track, Student Track and Regional Track.



Periodicals related to Space debris

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE

The IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine publishes articles concerned with the various aspects of systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments.


Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on

Experimental and theoretical advances in antennas including design and development, and in the propagation of electromagnetic waves including scattering, diffraction and interaction with continuous media; and applications pertinent to antennas and propagation, such as remote sensing, applied optics, and millimeter and submillimeter wave techniques.


Applied Superconductivity, IEEE Transactions on

Contains articles on the applications and other relevant technology. Electronic applications include analog and digital circuits employing thin films and active devices such as Josephson junctions. Power applications include magnet design as well asmotors, generators, and power transmission


Communications Magazine, IEEE

IEEE Communications Magazine was the number three most-cited journal in telecommunications and the number eighteen cited journal in electrical and electronics engineering in 2004, according to the annual Journal Citation Report (2004 edition) published by the Institute for Scientific Information. Read more at http://www.ieee.org/products/citations.html. This magazine covers all areas of communications such as lightwave telecommunications, high-speed data communications, personal communications ...


Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE

IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications (CG&A) bridges the theory and practice of computer graphics. From specific algorithms to full system implementations, CG&A offers a strong combination of peer-reviewed feature articles and refereed departments, including news and product announcements. Special Applications sidebars relate research stories to commercial development. Cover stories focus on creative applications of the technology by an artist or ...



Most published Xplore authors for Space debris

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Xplore Articles related to Space debris

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Deorbiting of LEO small satellites without a conventional propulsion system

SoutheastCon 2017, 2017

This study introduces an effective propellantless space debris mitigation scheme for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Mechanizing an aerodynamic sail and electrodynamic tether system provides LEO small satellites a deorbiting capability that meets the time limit of 25 years required by the U.S. Government and European Space Agency (ESA). Simulation results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed technical approach.


Pulsed power driver for hypervelocity impact studies

7th Pulsed Power Conference, 1989

Orbital debris, either natural or man-made, is becoming a significant hazard for spacecraft. At the Space Power Institute at Auburn University a facility has been developed to accelerate microparticles to hypervelocities. Its purpose is to simulate impacts occurring in earth orbits in order to learn how to minimize the impact damage. The hypervelocity scheme presented utilizes an exploding foil drive, ...


Detection of orbital debris using self-interference cancellation residual signal

2013 IEEE International Conference on Space Science and Communication (IconSpace), 2013

We show that large-antenna earth-stations, communicating with geo-stationary satellite-relays and re-using spectrum via self-interference cancellation, can detect line-of-sight orbital debris. Higher frequency signals can spot and range debris as small as 5cm in diameter. We also provide new insights into the influence of weather and orbital debris on self-interference canceller performance.


The design of space debris removed simulation system based on flexible arm

2017 18th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR), 2017

Nowadays a great amount of space debris threat the safety of space activities, so the space debris removal becomes a hot research field. In particular, on the base of space mechanical arm technology, using mechanical arm to remove space debris proves feasible in the implementation. Traditional space mechanical arms are rigid arms, and in consideration of the uncontrolled momentum of ...


Development and Application of Spacecraft Collision Warning Expert System

2009 International Conference on Information Engineering and Computer Science, 2009

The purpose of this paper is to develop a spacecraft collision warning expert system and apply to the spacecraft collision avoidance maneuver framework. Evasive maneuvering is one of key techniques for spacecraft actively protect. The warning system is an important part in the spacecraft collision avoidance maneuver framework. Expert system is a very successful approximate solution to the classic AI ...



Educational Resources on Space debris

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IEEE-USA E-Books

  • Deorbiting of LEO small satellites without a conventional propulsion system

    This study introduces an effective propellantless space debris mitigation scheme for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Mechanizing an aerodynamic sail and electrodynamic tether system provides LEO small satellites a deorbiting capability that meets the time limit of 25 years required by the U.S. Government and European Space Agency (ESA). Simulation results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed technical approach.

  • Pulsed power driver for hypervelocity impact studies

    Orbital debris, either natural or man-made, is becoming a significant hazard for spacecraft. At the Space Power Institute at Auburn University a facility has been developed to accelerate microparticles to hypervelocities. Its purpose is to simulate impacts occurring in earth orbits in order to learn how to minimize the impact damage. The hypervelocity scheme presented utilizes an exploding foil drive, requiring a high-current source with a fast risetime. The pulsed power source consists of a 67 kJ capacitor bank, a solid dielectric spark-gap switch, and a high current vacuum feedthrough to the foil drive. The initial operation of the source will be compared to computer simulations, and impact studies will be discussed.

  • Detection of orbital debris using self-interference cancellation residual signal

    We show that large-antenna earth-stations, communicating with geo-stationary satellite-relays and re-using spectrum via self-interference cancellation, can detect line-of-sight orbital debris. Higher frequency signals can spot and range debris as small as 5cm in diameter. We also provide new insights into the influence of weather and orbital debris on self-interference canceller performance.

  • The design of space debris removed simulation system based on flexible arm

    Nowadays a great amount of space debris threat the safety of space activities, so the space debris removal becomes a hot research field. In particular, on the base of space mechanical arm technology, using mechanical arm to remove space debris proves feasible in the implementation. Traditional space mechanical arms are rigid arms, and in consideration of the uncontrolled momentum of rigid arm, this paper intend to use flexible arm to capture space debris, which can achieve the purpose of stably controlling collision momentum. According to the whole task process that flexible arm captures space debris, this paper built a model of flexible arm and space debris, and establishes their mathematics models. The simulation system is constructed based on the models, and use I/O Completion Port (IOCP) model to ensure the real-time transportation of data produced in collision. Finally, this paper designs a simulation application case to verify the ability of simulation system to support space missions.

  • Development and Application of Spacecraft Collision Warning Expert System

    The purpose of this paper is to develop a spacecraft collision warning expert system and apply to the spacecraft collision avoidance maneuver framework. Evasive maneuvering is one of key techniques for spacecraft actively protect. The warning system is an important part in the spacecraft collision avoidance maneuver framework. Expert system is a very successful approximate solution to the classic AI problem of programming intelligence. In this paper, we developed a warning expert system in CLIPS, and applied to the spacecraft collision avoidance maneuver framework. The fixed maneuver box method is used for the warning technique. The results of the simulation show that the warning expert system is credible and achieved the warning purpose.

  • Investigation of the possibility of determining the inertial characteristics and the angular velocity vector of chaotically rotating space debris object using a nanosatellite

    In this paper, the problem of identifying inertial characteristics of a space debris object using measuring instruments installed on board a nanosatellite is considered. The work assesses the possible use of the SamSat nanosatellite platform, which was developed in Samara University, using the onboard MPU-9250 chip with an integrated three-axis angular velocity sensor. The upper stage of the Kosmos-3M rocket is considered as an example of a large-sized object of space debris.

  • Dynamical simulations for space debris capture

    In general space debris objects do not possess such convenient features, and are non-cooperative. In such cases, since the conditions for capture are not favorable, tracking errors will lead to loading, and momentum transfer will occur during the capture process. In most cases, the detailed mass and inertial characteristics of the target will be unknown, and this makes impedance matching of the capture arm force control system difficult. This led to us to devise “joint virtual depth control algorithm for robot arm control which brakes the rotation of a target with unknown inertia. This paper deals with method for capturing and braking a tumbling non-cooperative target space debris. We propose a new brush type contactor as end-effecter of a robot arm for reducing the rotation rate and tumbling motion of target debris. As a means for relieving the loads generated during target tapping, we propose a new control method which controls the arm tip force according to a contact force profile. The results of simulations are also reported.

  • Precise orbit determination of meteors using a radar and an optical sensor

    Impacts of meteors with spacecraft are among the major sources of possible problems in the space environment. Although the average mass of meteor bodies is much less than artificial space debris, the relative velocity of high-speed meteors against the Earth reaches 72 km/s, which far exceeds that of artificial objects. It is thus very important to establish the statistics of meteors, especially those of the mass and velocity, along the Earth's orbit around the Sun in order to make a reliable data base for designing large scale spacecraft such as space stations. Radar with the help of an optical camera are most suited for this purpose. The purpose of the present paper is to develop a high- sensitivity combined radar-optical system consisting of a high-power VHF Doppler radar and an ICCD video camera for the purpose of studying the velocity and mass distributions of faint meteors. A description of the systems and their performance evaluations are given. Preliminary results of the mass estimates and the relations of the radar echo power and the absolute visual magnitude derived from test experiments are also presented.

  • Radial line slot antenna design for monopulse Space Debris Radar

    This paper shows the design of a radial line slot antenna for Space Debris Radar Applications. The monopulse antenna has two beams, sum and difference, and requires an amplitude and phase receiver for detection of the azimuth and elevation direction of arrival. The antenna is circular polarized, and this paper focus on the design of the receiver antenna. The paper shows the optimization process of the position and length of slots in the central frequency of 94 GHz and a first analysis of the feeding network. This design will be tested with the fabrication of a prototype.

  • Triaxial Contact Detumbling of Large-scale Space Debris

    In order to improve the active removal success rate of large-scale space debris and consume the target residual angular energy, a contact-type triaxial detumble device is designed and the detumbling process is simulated. The rotation characteristics of the target are analyzed. The dynamic characteristics of the detumbling process are determined. The structure of the detumble device is determined according to the decomposition results. The motion space and the target angular velocity interval are comprehensively considered. For the target with obvious primary direction, only the single axis detumbling on the principal inertia axis is needed. A general target needs to be simultaneously detumbling of the three axes. The simulation results of detumbling show that the target residual angular kinetic energy can be eliminated by simultaneously applying detumbling torque on the three axes of the target centroid coordinate system. For large space debris, adding a detumble device during the active removal process can reduce the feedback force during the capture process and expand the captured range of the target.



Standards related to Space debris

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