Size-dependent space debris density distribution and implications for size to mass conversion

Deshpande, S.P. and Green, Simon F. and Zarnecki, John C. (1993) Size-dependent space debris density distribution and implications for size to mass conversion. Advances in Space Research, 13 (8). pp. 149-152. ISSN 0273-1177. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Over the past 15 years, modelling of the near-Earth space environment has become a prime tool in assessing satellite reliability and survivability. Using the available data sources on tracked space debris objects, a density distribution for orbital spacecraft and large fragments rho = 1.29 d-0-49 has been derived. Although this is somewhat different from previous models, the range of densities for individual objects of a given size is so large that the relationship is only of statistical significance. In addition, uncertainties in debris mass derived from observation are at least a factor of 4 and can be larger than 10. An assessment of the accuracy of sizes derived from observations and consequent errors in derived mass is made.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Scientific Meeting on Space Debris, at the Cospar 29th Plenary Meeting WASHINGTON, DC, AUG 28-SEP 05, 1992
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: R.F. Xu
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2009 09:29
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2014 15:41
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/20875 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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