Faculty Advisor

Dick, Frank A.

Faculty Advisor

Hou, Zhikun

Faculty Advisor

Pinciroli, Carlo

Abstract

As the number of artificial satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) increases, the probability of collisions between these artificial satellites increases, and so does the need for cost-effective space debris remediation. In this project, we designed and tested a mission framework for the capture and detumbling of space debris. A computer simulation was used to observe the contact dynamics of a net on space debris and its efficacy in capturing tumbling satellites. An experiment was designed and executed to validate the use of a momentum wheel and tether-net linkage to detumble spinning space debris. Through experimentation, it was shown that controlling a piece of tumbling debris with a tether-net connection and momentum wheel is a feasible solution for low-mass debris removal mission.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019

Major

Computer Science

Major

Robotics Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Computer Science

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