Dynamic effect of a plasma beam on a space debris object

1Shuvalov, VA, 1Gorev, NB, 1Tokmak, NA, 1Pismennyi, NI, 2Osinovyj, GG
1Institute of Technical Mechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the State Space Agency of Ukraine, Dnipro
2Yangel Yuzhnoye State Design Office, Dnipropetrovsk
Kosm. nauka tehnol. 2017, 23 ;(1):36-49
Section: Space Environment Monitoring and Space Debris
Publication Language: Russian
We propose a methodology of the physical (bench) simulation of a long-term exposure of a space debris object coating (in particular, the Cyclone-3 last stage coating material) to rarefied plasma jet of high-energy (Ei >>100 eV) ions. It concerns material sputtering and ion-to-object momentum transfer in ESA LEOSWEEP project. The methodology is based on an accelerated life test procedure and a criterion of the equivalence of two exposure regimes: in the Earth ionosphere and in laboratory conditions.
Keywords: dynamic effect, plasma beam, simulation of exposure, space debris, sputtering
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