Special Issue "Space Debris: Impact and Remediation"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Inna Sharf

Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
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Interests: dynamics and control; space robotic systems; active space debris removal; space debris orbit and attitude propagation; multi-debris removal missions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Space debris related problems have come to the forefront of aerospace research in the past decade, in light of several developments.  First, the awareness for the amount of debris, in particular, in low-Earth orbits (LEOs), has grown as a result of two massive collisions, in 2007 and 2009, involving operational and defunct spacecraft. Furthermore, spacecraft operators must deal with the space debris issue on regular basis, by incorporating collision avoidance into orbit maintenance maneuvers. It is widely accepted at this time that the amount of space debris will continue to grow over the coming decades and some remediation measures need to be undertaken. In this Special Issue, we invite high-quality original contributions dealing with all aspects of the impact of space debris on the space environment, as well as methods for dealing with the space debris problem. Papers disclosing new developments, analysis and/or experimental results in the context of space debris impact and remediation are invited, including topics related to space debris environment, collision risks/hazard analysis, value analysis associated with debris removal, methodologies for disposing of debris and active debris removal strategies. The focus of the issue will be on low-Earth orbits, with the view to advancing both the current knowledge on the impact of debris and the technological readiness of solutions for dealing with this problem.

Prof. Inna Sharf
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Sustainability of space
  • Space debris environment
  • Low-Earth orbits
  • Collision hazard
  • Collision avoidance
  • Risk analysis
  • Value analysis
  • Disposal strategies
  • Active debris removal
  • Space debris capture

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Open AccessArticle Rupture of a Cryogenic Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel Following a High-Speed Particle Impact
Aerospace 2018, 5(1), 20; doi:10.3390/aerospace5010020
Received: 2 January 2018 / Revised: 8 February 2018 / Accepted: 14 February 2018 / Published: 18 February 2018
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A primary spacecraft design consideration is the anticipation and mitigation of the possible damage that might occur in the event of an on-orbit micro-meteoroid or orbital debris (MMOD) particle impact. While considerable effort has been expended in the study of non-pressurized spacecraft components
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A primary spacecraft design consideration is the anticipation and mitigation of the possible damage that might occur in the event of an on-orbit micro-meteoroid or orbital debris (MMOD) particle impact. While considerable effort has been expended in the study of non-pressurized spacecraft components under room temperature conditions to MMOD impacts, technical and safety challenges have limited the number of tests that have been conducted on pressurized elements of such spacecraft, especially under cryogenic conditions. This paper presents the development of a data-driven equation for composite material pressure vessels under cryogenic operating conditions that differentiate between impact conditions that, given a tank wall perforation, would result in only a small hole or crack from those that would cause catastrophic tank failure. This equation would be useful to a spacecraft designer who might be able to tailor the design parameters and operating conditions of, for example, a fuel tank so that if such a tank were to be struck and perforated by the impact of an MMOD particle, then only a hole would occur and neither catastrophic spacecraft failure nor additional sizable debris would be created as a result of that impact. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Space Debris: Impact and Remediation)
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