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Development of a debris index

Development of a debris index
Development of a debris index
Environmental indices for space objects have been proposed to identify good candidates for active debris removal missions and to deal with the licensing process of space objects before their launch. A way to rank the environmental impact of spacecraft may be based on the assessment of how their fragmentations would affect operational satellites. In particular, the effect of a breakup can be measured by the resulting collision probability for a set of target spacecraft. A grid in semi-major axis, inclination, and mass is used to define possible initial conditions of the breakup. Once the value of the index is known for any point in the grid, a simple interpolation can be used to compute the value of the index for any object.
The current work aims to extend a previous formulation, which focussed only on the effect of collisions, by including also the effect of explosions and considering the likelihood of these fragmentations.
1570-6591
191-206
Springer
Letizia, Francesca
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Colombo, Camilla
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Lewis, Hugh
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Krag, Holger
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Vasile, Massimiliano
Minisci, Edmondo
Summerer, Leopold
Mcginty, Peter
Letizia, Francesca
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Colombo, Camilla
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Krag, Holger
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Vasile, Massimiliano
Minisci, Edmondo
Summerer, Leopold
Mcginty, Peter

Letizia, Francesca, Colombo, Camilla, Lewis, Hugh and Krag, Holger (2018) Development of a debris index. Vasile, Massimiliano, Minisci, Edmondo, Summerer, Leopold and Mcginty, Peter (eds.) In Stardust Final Conference - Advances in Asteroids and Space Debris Engineering and Science. vol. 52, Springer. pp. 191-206 . (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-69956-1).

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Environmental indices for space objects have been proposed to identify good candidates for active debris removal missions and to deal with the licensing process of space objects before their launch. A way to rank the environmental impact of spacecraft may be based on the assessment of how their fragmentations would affect operational satellites. In particular, the effect of a breakup can be measured by the resulting collision probability for a set of target spacecraft. A grid in semi-major axis, inclination, and mass is used to define possible initial conditions of the breakup. Once the value of the index is known for any point in the grid, a simple interpolation can be used to compute the value of the index for any object.
The current work aims to extend a previous formulation, which focussed only on the effect of collisions, by including also the effect of explosions and considering the likelihood of these fragmentations.

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Accepted/In Press date: 5 May 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 11 February 2018
Additional Information: Related publications: Colombo, C. et al (2017). Life cycle assessment indicator for space debris. Paper presented at 7th Space Debris Conference, Darmstadt, Germany. Letizia, F. et al (2017). Extending the ECOB space debris index with fragmentation risk estimation. Paper presented at 7th Space Debris Conference, Darmstadt, Germany.
Venue - Dates: Stardust Conference on Asteroids and Space Debris, Netherlands, 2016-10-31 - 2016-11-03
Organisations: Aeronautics, Astronautics & Comp. Eng, Astronautics Group

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Local EPrints ID: 411724
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/411724
ISSN: 1570-6591
PURE UUID: 574e4829-8af9-485f-bce1-e8812bc774b5
ORCID for Francesca Letizia: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2877-8012
ORCID for Camilla Colombo: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9636-9360

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Date deposited: 22 Jun 2017 16:31
Last modified: 06 Oct 2020 23:49

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