1 May 2017 Analysis of a space debris laser removal system
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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.
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Evan Gjesvold, Evan Gjesvold, Jeremy Straub, Jeremy Straub, } "Analysis of a space debris laser removal system", Proc. SPIE 10192, Laser Technology for Defense and Security XIII, 101920I (1 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2263659; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2263659
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