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Reference Scenario and Target Identification for Autonomous Active Space Debris Removal Methods

Peters, S. 1, Forstner, R. 1, Weigel, M. 1, Fiedler, H.1
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Publishing year2013 PublisherESA Publishing typeConference Name of conference6th European Conference on Space Debris
Pagesn/a Volume
L. Ouwehand


To alleviate the threat of space debris, a combination of debris mitigation measures and debris environment remediation techniques with regard to long-term environment stability is required. Hereby, active space debris removal (ADR), which is subject to this paper, addresses the latter. To evolve a concept for autonomous ADR on a representative foundation, a reference scenario placed in the current Low Earth Orbit environment has been generated. Due to cost-effectiveness, a single mission to dispose multiple targets is addressed. The filtering process is presented and a glance on the autonomy concept of cognitive automation is given.