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DebriSat - A Planned Laboratory-Based Satellite Impact Experiment for Breakup Fragment CharacterizationsThe goal of the DebriSat project is to characterize fragments generated by a hypervelocity collision involving a modern satellite in low Earth orbit (LEO). The DebriSat project will update and expand upon the information obtained in the 1992 Satellite Orbital Debris Characterization Impact Test (SOCIT), which characterized the breakup of a 1960 s US Navy Transit satellite. There are three phases to this project: the design and fabrication of DebriSat - an engineering model representing a modern, 60-cm/50-kg class LEO satellite; conduction of a laboratory-based hypervelocity impact to catastrophically break up the satellite; and characterization of the properties of breakup fragments down to 2 mm in size. The data obtained, including fragment size, area-to-mass ratio, density, shape, material composition, optical properties, and radar cross-section distributions, will be used to supplement the DoD s and NASA s satellite breakup models to better describe the breakup outcome of a modern satellite.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Liou, Jer-Chyi
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Clark, S.
(Florida Univ. Gainesville, FL, United States)
Fitz-Coy, N.
(Florida Univ. Gainesville, FL, United States)
Huynh, T.
(Department of the Air Force El Segundo, CA, United States)
Opiela, J.
(Jacobs Technologies Engineering Science Contract Group Houston, TX, United States)
Polk, M.
(Department of the Air Force Arnold, AFB, TN, United States)
Roebuck, B.
(Department of the Air Force Arnold, AFB, TN, United States)
Rushing, R.
(Department of the Air Force Arnold, AFB, TN, United States)
Sorge, M.
(Aerospace Corp. Albuquerque, NM, United States)
Werremeyer, M.
(Florida Univ. Gainesville, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2013
Subject Category
Space Transportation And Safety
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: 6th European Conference on Space Debris
Location: Darmstadt
Country: Germany
Start Date: April 22, 2013
End Date: April 25, 2013
Sponsors: European Space Agency
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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