Airbus Detumbler Device Will Keep Decommissioned Satellites from Tumbling, Reduce In-Orbit Space Debris

Airbus Detumbler Device Will Keep Decommissioned Satellites from Tumbling, Reduce In-Orbit Space Debris

Airbus Detumbler Device Satellites
The Airbus Detumbler is an innovative device specially designed to prevent decommissioned satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) from tumbling. It was launched on November 11 and will be tested in space on the Exotrail and EnduroSat mission during early 2024. This magnetic damping device can be securely attached to just about any satellite.


Airbus Detumbler Device Satellites
How does it work? Detumbler boasts a central rotor wheel and magnets that interact with the Earth’s magnetic field. When the satellite is orbiting normally, the rotor acts like a compass following the magnetic field, but should it begin to tumble, the rotor movement induces eddy currents acting like a friction torque, thus damping the motion.

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Airbus Detumbler Device Satellites

The in-orbit demonstration of the Detumbler is scheduled for early 2024 on a mission from Exotrail (SpaceVan) which will include the Exo-0 nanosatellite from EnduroSat. Dedicated detumbling tests will take place to verify the ability of the Detumbler to dampen movement,” said Airbus.

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