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In-Flight and Post-Flight Impact Data Analysis from DEBIE2 (Debris In-Orbit Evaluator) on Board of ISS

Menicucci, Alessandra 1, Drolshagen, Gerhard 1, Kuitunen, Juha 1, Butenko, Yuriy 1, Mooney, Cathal1
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Publishing year2013 PublisherESA Publishing typeConference Name of conference6th European Conference on Space Debris
Pagesn/a Volume
L. Ouwehand


DEBIE2 (Debris-in-orbit-evaluator) was launched in February 2008 as part of the European Technology Exposure Facility (EuTEF) and installed on the exterior of Columbus on ISS. DEBIE2 is an active detector, composed by 3 sensor units able to monitor the sub-micron micro-meteoroid and debris population in space. Each DEBIE sensor consists of a thin aluminium foil coupled with 2 wire grids sensitive to the plasma generated by particles impacting on the foil where also 2 piezoelectric sensors are glued. If the particle penetrates the foil, this can be detected by a third electron plasma detector located just behind the foil. The combination of these information allows to estimate the micro-particles and debris fluxes. EuTEF and DEBIE2 were retrieved after 18 months in flight and returned to Earth with the Space Shuttle Mission STS-128. In this paper, the results of the analysis of in-flight impact data are presented as well as the comparison with the models. The DEBIE2 sensor pointing the Zenith direction, was found to have one wire of the upper grid cut in two pieces by an impact. The postflight analysis focused on this sensor and included optical and SEM/EDX scanning. The results from this inspection will be also presented in this paper.