Space Debris Talk - Part II

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Technical lecture
21 February 2019 18:00 - 20:00
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Description

CLEANING UP THE SPACE THAT WE CAN'T SEE WITH OUR EYES

Space Debris Lecture

The lecture will introduce the audience to the project team / participants and describe the underlying purpose of the mission.

One of the novel aspects of the mission is that the Remove Debris spacecraft will be the largest satellite launched from the ISS through the JEM airlock. An overview of what’s involved in getting through the safety reviews that allow a launch from the ISS will be included. Now that the mission is on orbit, the handling of the spacecraft while on board the ISS will be covered as well as real time footage from some of the demonstrations performed on orbit. The sequence of deployment from the ISS will be covered as well as the constraints to consider when making the plans to run the on-orbit experiments and operate the craft.

An insight into the preparations for the final demonstration and the close of the project will conclude the lecture allowing time for questions and answers.

Project Introduction

The RemoveDebris project is one of the world’s first Active Debris Removal (ADR) missions to demonstrate different techniques that can be used to deal with the increasing problem of space junk.

The project includes the critical aspects that should be considered when dealing with space objects, including a vision based system, net capture, harpoon capture and rapid de-orbiting using a dragsail.

The platform will be launched from the International Space Station (ISS) into an orbit of around 400 km and ends after the demonstrations have been completed and the platform starts to rapidly de-orbit safely burning up in the atmosphere. The demonstrations will be recorded by high speed videos mounted on the space craft. The video footage will be downloaded and then analysed to evaluate the performance of the different technologies.

Future mega-satellite constellations are now being proposed, where hundreds to thousands of satellites are being launched into orbit. A coherent strategy, along with technological and platform developments, is needed for de-orbiting, re-orbiting, or servicing of such constellations. The RemoveDebris mission is a vital prerequisite to achieving the ultimate goal of a cleaner Earth orbital environment, and is a core step in the development of active removal vehicles, or on-orbit servicing vehicles of the future.

The sequence of deployment from the ISS will be covered as well as the constraints to consider when making the plans to run the on-orbit experiments and operate the craft. The final stage of the project is to demonstrate a rapid de-orbit using dragsail technology.

The lecture will be presented by Simon Fellowes who is the Remove Debris Project Manager.
Simon has worked in the space industry for the past 18 years and has been involved in a
number of different space projects for a variety of customers ranging from CubeSats for
University teams through to GEO missions, the M.O.D., ESA and commercial customers around the globe.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues with the speaker and others at the end of the evening.

The lecture will take place on Thursday 21st of February 2019, 18.30 - 20.00 in the RV.MB.002 at Kingston University, Roehampton Vale Campus.

Event Agenda:

18:00 – 18:15 Refreshments/Networking
18:25 – 18:30 Opening and Welcome
18:30 – 19:30 Speaker: Simon Fellowes
19:30 – 19:45 Discussion/Questions
19:45 – Vote of thanks and a brief on future events

Note: This event is valid for CPD

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Speaker(s)

Simon Fellowes, RemoveDebris Project Manager. Simon has worked in the space industry for the past 18 years and has been involved in varies space projects for customers ranging from CubeSats for University teams through to GEO missions, the M.O.D., ESA and commercial customers around the globe.

Address

Roehampton Vale Campus, Kingston University
Room 0002, Main Building
Roehampton Vale Campus, Kingston University
Friars Avenue
London
SW15 3DW
United Kingdom

Contact Details

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Alternative contact Rami Telikapalli

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