A study of debris impact collision probabilities to space tethers


Gittins, G.L., Swinerd, G.G., Lewis, H.G. and Williams, D.N. (2004) A study of debris impact collision probabilities to space tethers. Advances in Space Research, 34, (5), 1080-1084. (doi:10.1016/j.asr.2003.01.013).

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The Tether Risk Assessment Program is a new model currently under development at the University of Southampton. It is designed to study the short-term interaction between space tethers and a debris cloud produced by an on-orbit fragmentation event. An impact risk analysis is performed over a 15-days period after a breakup event has occurred using two examples. The first example looks at a single stranded tether similar to that of the Tether Physics and Survivability Experiment. The second example is similar to that of the first but with a double stranded tether. The risk analysis for the chosen examples is presented, along with the current status of the program.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: presented at: World Space Congress, Houston, Texas, USA, October 2002
ISSNs: 0273-1177 (print)
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Keywords: space debris, debris impact, collision probabilities, space tethers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences
ePrint ID: 22703
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:12
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/22703

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