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Assessing the effectiveness of techniques to limit orbital debris generation
Author(s): Robert C. Reynolds; Don Kessler; Joseph P. Loftus Jr.
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Paper Abstract

NASA concern with the continuing growth in the orbital debris population has generated interest in developing a policy to limit orbital debris generation. To support this policy position a handbook is being prepared to enable developing NASA program to evaluate the effect of the debris environment on their programs and to enable them to assess the debris consequences of their program. In support of this handbook development, EVOLVE, a debris environment evolution code at NASA/JSC, was adapted to provide environment projections when debris mitigation measures are introduced. Results of this model development and application will be presented in this paper. Results from five future space usage scenarios will be discussed. One of the suggested mitigation measures for future space programs is that all hardware be removed from orbit within a short time after completion of mission. Such a procedure would have considerable impact on future space programs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1951, Space Debris Detection and Mitigation, (15 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.156555
Show Author Affiliations
Robert C. Reynolds, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. (United States)
Don Kessler, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
Joseph P. Loftus Jr., NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)

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

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