Special Issue "Space-Based Laser Systems for Small Debris Removal"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310). This special issue belongs to the section "Astronautics & Space Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 197

Special Issue Editors

Gregorio Millan Institute, University Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes, Spain
Interests: aerospace; LEO space debris; autonomous APT laser actions; post-Newtonian dynamics; orbital control of geostationary satellites and on relativistic effects in navigation, geolocation, and space geodesy
IES Alpajes, 28300 Aranjuez, Spain
Interests: aerospace; LEO space debris; autonomous APT laser actions; post-Newtonian dynamics
Department of Bioengineering and Aeroespace Engineering, University Carlos III de Madrid, 28903 Madrid, Spain
Interests: trajectory optimization; space debris; uncertainty propagation; space tether; optimal control; guidance and control; mission analysis; applications for space missions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, middle-size LEO debris objects are already been passively dealt by means of ground-based laser stations. We are entering now into a new era that would allow innovative and creative solutions involving eventual active actions from future space-based laser platforms, when the non-technical arguments, still decisive, are finally dismissed. Among them, those surgical actions aimed to deflect the most dangerous objects into the Atmosphere at short distances from the platforms.

Hence, it is time to present a Special Issue entitled “Space-based laser Systems for small debris removal” for scientists and engineers to share proposals technically affordable.

The proposals would preferably be focused on the two following topics:

  • Laser solutions for identified and non-identified derelict middle-size LEO debris: Predicting and preventing future collisions, and
  • Global defense solutions for clouds of LEO middle-size targets.

We invite those colleagues who would like the technical factors to prevail to submit their highest-quality papers to this Issue.

Prof. Dr. Jose M. Gambi
Dr. Maria L. Garcia del Pino
Dr. Manuel Sanjurjo-Rivo
Guest Editors

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  • LEO middle-size debris objects
  • space-based APT systems
  • autonomous control
  • tracking, pointing and shooting laser actions

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