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A remotely controlled orbiting retrieverA preliminary design effort was recently carried out to investigate methods of removing a certain class of space objects from Shuttle type orbits. Specifically, expired satellites, upper stages, and other objects of potential danger to the Shuttle are the targets of the study. The Trash Remover and Satellite Hauler (TRASH-1) design effort was broken into several disciplines: mission analysis, systems engineering, dynamics and control, power, thermal, and propulsion. A basic requirements is that TRASH-1 go up in the Shuttle. It must be reusable and capable of disposing of more than one item per mission for cost effectiveness. These requirements imply TRASH-1 should use current technology, be modular in design, and be relatively maneuverable. In order to maximize utility, it should be able to both capture and deorbit objects. The design was a basic bus with attachable modules which can either capture or deorbit, depending on the module.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Kaplan, M. H.
(Spacetech, Inc. State College, PA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Lyndon B. Johson Space Center Orbital Debris
Subject Category
Launch Vehicles And Space Vehicles
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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