Detumbling an uncontrolled satellite with contactless force by using an eddy current brake

Fumihito Sugai, Satoko Abiko, Teppei Tsujita, Xin Jiang, Masaru Uchiyama

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Abstract

In this paper we propose a new method to detumble a malfunctioning satellite. Large space debris such as malfunctioning satellites generally rotates with nutational motion. Thus several researches have proposed the methods to use a space robot for capturing and deorbiting these debris. The most of the past studies considered the method to detumble an uncontrollable satellite and then capture a single spinning satellite. However these methods require physical contact with malfunctioning satellites, which has a risk of accident. Therefore, we propose a method with an eddy current brake [1]. The eddy current brake system can produce braking force to the target without any physical contact. Thus, we can reduce the risk of critical collision between the space robot and the target object. This paper firstly reviews dynamics of a tumbling satellite and proposes a detumbling strategy with the eddy current brake. We carry out a fundamental experiment to evaluate the performance of the braking force of the developed eddy current brake system, and then we simulate detumbling operation by using the experimental data and show an effectiveness of the proposed detumbling method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Pages783-788
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 26th IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: New Horizon, IROS 2013 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2013 Nov 32013 Nov 8

Other

Other2013 26th IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: New Horizon, IROS 2013
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period13/11/313/11/8

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Eddy currents
Brakes
Satellites
Braking
Robots
Space debris
Barreling
Debris
Accidents
Experiments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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Sugai, F., Abiko, S., Tsujita, T., Jiang, X., & Uchiyama, M. (2013). Detumbling an uncontrolled satellite with contactless force by using an eddy current brake. In IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (pp. 783-788). [6696440] https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2013.6696440

Detumbling an uncontrolled satellite with contactless force by using an eddy current brake. / Sugai, Fumihito; Abiko, Satoko; Tsujita, Teppei; Jiang, Xin; Uchiyama, Masaru.

IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. 2013. p. 783-788 6696440.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Sugai, F, Abiko, S, Tsujita, T, Jiang, X & Uchiyama, M 2013, Detumbling an uncontrolled satellite with contactless force by using an eddy current brake. in IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems., 6696440, pp. 783-788, 2013 26th IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: New Horizon, IROS 2013, Tokyo, Japan, 13/11/3. https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2013.6696440
Sugai F, Abiko S, Tsujita T, Jiang X, Uchiyama M. Detumbling an uncontrolled satellite with contactless force by using an eddy current brake. In IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. 2013. p. 783-788. 6696440 https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2013.6696440
Sugai, Fumihito ; Abiko, Satoko ; Tsujita, Teppei ; Jiang, Xin ; Uchiyama, Masaru. / Detumbling an uncontrolled satellite with contactless force by using an eddy current brake. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. 2013. pp. 783-788
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