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Autonomous space processor for orbital debrisAdvanced designs are being continued to develop the ultimate goal of a GETAWAY special to demonstrate economical removal of orbital debris utilizing local resources in orbit. The fundamental technical feasibility was demonstrated in 1988 through theoretical calculations, quantitative computer animation, a solar focal point cutter, a robotic arm design and a subcase model. Last year improvements were made to the solar cutter and the robotic arm. Also performed last year was a mission analysis which showed the feasibility of retrieve at least four large (greater than 1500 kg) pieces of debris. Advances made during this reporting period are the incorporation of digital control with the existing placement arm, the development of a new robotic manipulator arm, and the study of debris spin attenuation. These advances are discussed.
Document ID
19900016728
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Ramohalli, Kumar (Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Campbell, David (Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Marine, Micky (Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Saad, Mohamad (Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Bertles, Daniel (Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Nichols, Dave (Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1990
Subject Category
SPACECRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:186691
NASA-CR-186691
Meeting Information
Universities Space Research Association Summer Conference(Cleveland, OH)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NASW-4435
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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