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END/MMOD: A Synergic Combination of a LEO Spacecraft Aero-Braking Deorbiting Module with a LEO Space Debris and Micro-Meteoroids Detection and Characterization System

Balduccini, Mauro 1, Raponi, Luca 1, Nascetti, Augusto 1, Bertini, Fabrizio 1, Gallucci, Stefano1
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Publishing year2013 PublisherESA Publishing typeConference Name of conference6th European Conference on Space Debris
Pagesn/a Volume
L. Ouwehand


In this paper it is proposed the combination of the End-of-life Natural Deorbiting (END) module (an inflatable aerobreaking device already under development in AVIO and aimed to accelerate the orbital decay of inoperative spacecraft) with a sub-system called MMOD (Micro-Meteoroids and Orbital Debris) consisting of a hypervelocity impacts detector capable of collecting data relevant to the type and the distribution of space debris and micro-meteoroids in the LEO region.