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Demonstrating a new technology for space debris removal using a bi-directional plasma thruster

Takahashi, Kazunori; Charles, Christine; Boswell, Roderick; Ando, Akira


Space debris removal from Earth orbit by using a satellite is an emergent technological challenge for sustainable human activities in space. In order to de-orbit debris it is necessary to impart a force to decelerate it, resulting in its atmospheric re-entry. A satellite using an energetic plasma beam directed at the debris will need to eject plasma in the opposite direction in a controlled manner in order to maintain a constant distance between it and the debris during the deorbiting mission....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Scientific Reports
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-32697-4
Access Rights: Open Access


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