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Mass-diameter function for the entire size regime of orbital debris
Author(s): Ian J. Gravseth; Timothy D. Maclay; Robert D. Culp
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Paper Abstract

Over the past several years the interest in orbital debris has grown due to the hazard it poses to operating satellites. Models of the debris environment depend upon accurate assessments of the masses and sized of debris particles. Utilizing data from several hypervelocity impact tests and other sources, a mass-diameter relationship is determined for debris ranging in size from sub-millimeter particles to objects as large as derelict rocket bodies and inactive satellites. The accuracy of the mass-diameter relationship is examined and conclusions are reached.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2483, Space Environmental, Legal, and Safety Issues, (23 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.212571
Show Author Affiliations
Ian J. Gravseth, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Timothy D. Maclay, Kaman Sciences Corp. (United States)
Robert D. Culp, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2483:
Space Environmental, Legal, and Safety Issues
Timothy D. Maclay, Editor(s)

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