AEOLDOS (Credit: Clyde Space)

Clyde Space, University of Glasgow Develop Speed Brake for CubeSats

Posted by Doug Messier on November 26, 2012, at 7:33 am

GLASGOW, Scotland (Clyde Space PR) — Engineers at the University of Glasgow and Clyde Space Ltd have developed a practical solution to the increasing problem of space debris.

The Aerodynamic End Of Life Deorbit System, or AEOLDOS, is a lightweight, foldable ‘aerobrake’ which can be added to small satellites known as CubeSats before they are launched into low Earth orbit. Once the satellite has reached the end of its operational life, the lightweight aerobrake opens to generate aerodynamic drag that will de-orbit the spacecraft.

Dr Patrick Harkness of the University’s School of Engineering has led the development of AEOLDOS to help ensure that objects sent into space in future can be removed from orbit at the end of their operational cycle.

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