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Advanced design for orbital debris removal in support of solar system explorationThis work continues to develop advanced designs toward 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 last year through theoretical calculations, quantitative computer animation, a solar focal point cutter, a robotic arm design, and a subscale model. During this reporting period, several improvements are made in the solar cutter, such as auto track capabilities, better quality reflectors, and a more versatile framework. The major advance has been in the design, fabrication, and working demonstration of a robotic arm that has several degrees of freedom. The functions were specifically tailored for the orbital debris handling. These advances are discussed. Also, a small fraction of the resources were allocated toward research in flame augmentation in scramjets for the NASP. Here, the fundamental advance has been the attainment of Mach numbers up to 0.6 in the flame zone and a vastly improved injection system; our current work is expected to achieve supersonic combustion in the laboratory and an advanced monitoring system.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Campbell, David
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Carter, Bruce
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Donalson, Leslie
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
John, Larry
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Rodina, Dan
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Brockmann, Jeff
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Marine, Micky
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1989
Publication Information
Publication: USRA, NASA(USRA University Advanced Design Program Fifth Annual Summer Conference
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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