The feasibility study of an active removal mission of multiple large abandoned objects from Low Earth Orbit Region is presented. A chaser spacecraft, powered by a hybrid rocket engine, achieves contact with two Cosmos-3M second stages and provides for their de-orbiting by means of a hybrid propulsion module. Critical mission aspects and related technologies are investigated, such as an innovative electro-adhesive system for target capture, mechanical systems for the hard docking before the disposal. De-orbiting trajectory simulations and preliminary sizing and mass budget of chaser spacecraft and hybrid rocket engines were performed.

Multi-Active Removal of Large Abandoned Rocket Bodies by Hybrid Propulsion Module

BRANZ, FRANCESCO;FRANCESCONI, ALESSANDRO;
2013

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The feasibility study of an active removal mission of multiple large abandoned objects from Low Earth Orbit Region is presented. A chaser spacecraft, powered by a hybrid rocket engine, achieves contact with two Cosmos-3M second stages and provides for their de-orbiting by means of a hybrid propulsion module. Critical mission aspects and related technologies are investigated, such as an innovative electro-adhesive system for target capture, mechanical systems for the hard docking before the disposal. De-orbiting trajectory simulations and preliminary sizing and mass budget of chaser spacecraft and hybrid rocket engines were performed.
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