Deshpande, S.P. and Green, S.F. and Zarnecki, J.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.
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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.
|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:||21 Jul 2011 15:57|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/20875 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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