Share Email Print

Proceedings Paper

Debris environment definition to assess effectiveness of measures taken to reduce spacecraft vulnerability
Author(s): Robert C. Reynolds
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $14.40 $18.00
cover GOOD NEWS! Your organization subscribes to the SPIE Digital Library. You may be able to download this paper for free. Check Access

Paper Abstract

Techniques for assessing the exposure of spacecraft surfaces to a limiting debris size and to penetration related characteristics such as crater diameter or surface penetration have been developed within a phase space definition of the debris environment. This approach requires the use of the full three dimensional description of the flux density distribution in the co- moving frame of the spacecraft. In this paper results of a simple modeling approach are used to generate debris environment and penetration related characteristics for the manmade debris environment as defined in the Space Station Natural and Induced Environment Document (SSP 30425), for a manmade environment derived of USSPACECOMMAND catalog element sets, and for the reference meteoroid environment in SSP 30425. Assuming the spacecraft is protected by an aluminum Whipple two-sheet shield, techniques for reducing shielding weight for a given reliability will be presented and results using this technique for several convex structural shape will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1951, Space Debris Detection and Mitigation, (15 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.156553
Show Author Affiliations
Robert C. Reynolds, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. (United States)

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

© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top