Gittins, G.L., Swinerd, G.G., Lewis, H.G. and Williams, D.N.
A study of debris impact collision probabilities to space tethers
Advances in Space Research, 34, (5), . (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.
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