Study of Optimization Methods for Space Debris Removal in Low Earth Orbits
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The develpment of the Master Thesis will include the following tasks:1- Brief review of policies and regulations of Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee. 2- Study of Orbital Debris Measurements such as ground based radars, optical based telescopes and space-basedtelescopes.3- Study and discussion of the methods for mitigation and remediation of space debris to reduce the risk to the current fleet spacecrafts 4- Study and developement of Debris Removal optimization models to find the optimal trajectory that minimizes fuel consumption. 5 - Generation and developement of optimization algorithmes for Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP) for active space debris removal.
The concentration of spacecraft residual parts in Low Earth Orbits, known as Space Debris is of the main concernsof future space flights. Cascading process known as Kessler syndrome predicts 30% increase in space junks in thenext 200 years.The primary objective of this thesis is to study some of the optimization methods for debris removal. A review studyof measurement techniques, mitigation and remediation methods to overcome the growing number of space junks inLow Earth Orbit (LEO) will be conducted.
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