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


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: Debris | Space exploration | Orbits | Aircraft and spacecraft | Mathematical models | Space stations | Windows

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