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Correlation of empirical spacecraft breakup model's predictions with data from hypervelocity impact experiments
Author(s): Scott R. Maethner
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Paper Abstract

An accurate problem of the short and long term man-made orbital debris environment depends on the fidelity of spacecraft breakup models. These models provide post-breakup information for spacecraft collisions and explosions, including the number of fragments produced and the state vectors for each fragment. One way to verify the predictive capabilities of these models is to compare their predictions with the results of well characterized hypervelocity impact experiments. This paper compares the predictions of the empirically based spacecraft breakup model Impact 2.02 to the outcome of several hypervelocity impact experiments. The experimental data used in this analysis came from both ground- and space-based experiments. The experimental data and the model predictions are analyzed and correlated, and the discrepancies are identified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1951, Space Debris Detection and Mitigation, (15 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.156537
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Scott R. Maethner, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1951:
Space Debris Detection and Mitigation
Firooz A. Allahdadi, Editor(s)

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