Man-Made Debris Environment Characterization for Spacecraft Vulnerability Assessment

by Robert C. Reynolds, Lockheed Engineering & Sciences, Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


An issue of growing importance in the study of orbital debris is the need to understand the consequence of impact on a space structure. In this paper, a technique is developed to analyze the flux directionality of debris for spacecraft surfaces having different orientations, using catalog element set data.

Subject Headings: Debris | Aircraft and spacecraft | Space structures | Vehicle impacts | Probability | Orbits | Space exploration | Structural members

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