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Orbital debris mitigation: issues and options
Author(s): Joseph P. Loftus Jr.; Robert C. Reynolds
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Paper Abstract

The orbital debris environment today is the consequence of explosion breakup events in both Low Earth Orbit and geosynchronous orbit. In the recent past, most operators have adopted practices which reduce the likelihood of further explosions. In the future, the debris environment is likely to be determined by collision events which become increasingly probable as the number of objects in orbit continues to grow. Limiting the likelihood of collisions by limiting the orbital lifetime of objects is more costly than the operational modifications that have been implemented to date, but appears to be necessary. Design and operations implications are examined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1951, Space Debris Detection and Mitigation, (15 September 1993);
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Joseph P. Loftus Jr., NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
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)

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