Modeling of Interaction of Small Particulates in Earth Orbit

by Anthony F. Beverina, Kaman Sciences Corp, Alexandria, United States,
Christopher A. Dobosz, Kaman Sciences Corp, Alexandria, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space IV

Abstract:

The hazards posed by small debris is an area of increasing concern for all space systems. Depending on the size and relative encounter velocity of small particulates, there are a variety of consequences for space systems. Models such as NASA's TM SSP 30425 Revision A predict a steady state flux environment for small debris. Understanding the complex effects of small particulates on a spacecraft demands that the many forces and interactions with the environment encountered by a debris wake be scrutinized to determine how each independently affects the behavior of particulates in orbit.



Subject Headings: Mathematical models | Orbits | Aircraft and spacecraft | Space stations | Federal government | Steady states | Natural disasters | Mathematics

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