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LAD-C: A large area debris collector on the ISSThe Large Area Debris Collector (LAD-C) is a 10 sq m aerogel and acoustic sensor system under development by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with main collaboration from the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office at Johnson Space Center, JAXA Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Chiba University (Japan), ESA Space Debris Office, University of California at Berkeley, and University of Kent at Canterbury (UK). The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program (STP) has assumed the responsibility for having the system manifested and deployed on the International Space Station (ISS), and then having it retrieved and returned to Earth after one to two years. LAD-C will attempt to utilize the ISS as a scientific platform to characterize the near-Earth meteoroid and orbital debris environment in the size regime where little data exist. In addition to meteoroid and orbital debris sample return, the acoustic sensors will record impact time, location, signal strength, and acoustic waveform data of the largest collected samples. A good time-dependent meteoroid and orbital debris flux estimate can be derived. Analysis of the data will also enable potential source identification of some of the collected samples. This dynamical link can be combined with laboratory composition analysis of impact residuals extracted from aerogel to further our understanding of orbital debris population, and the sources of meteoroids, asteroids and comets.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Liou, J.-C. (Engineering Research and Consulting, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Giovane, F. J. (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Corsaro, R. D. (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Burchell, M. J. (Kent Univ. Canterbury, United Kingdom)
Drolshagen, G. (European Space Agency. European Space Research and Technology Center, ESTEC Noordwijk, Netherlands)
Kawai, H. (Chiba Univ. Chiba, Japan)
Stansbery, E. G. (ARES Corp. Houston, TX, United States)
Tabata, M. (Chiba Univ. Chiba, Japan)
Westphal, A. J. (California Univ. Berkeley, CA, United States)
Yano, H. (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science Sagamihara, Japan)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2006
Subject Category
Meeting Information
36th Scientific Assembly of COSPAR(Beijing)
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Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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