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Orbital Debris Assesment Tesing in the AEDC Range GThe space environment presents many hazards for satellites and spacecraft. One of the major hazards is hypervelocity impacts from uncontrolled man-made space debris. Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), The United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), the University of Florida, and The Aerospace Corporation configured a large ballistic range to perform a series of hypervelocity destructive impact tests in order to better understand the effects of space collisions. The test utilized AEDC's Range G light gas launcher, which is capable of firing projectiles up to 7 km/s. A non-functional full-scale representation of a modern satellite called the DebriSat was destroyed in the enclosed range enviroment. Several modifications to the range facility were made to ensure quality data was obtained from the impact events. The facility modifcations were intended to provide a high impact energy to target mass ratio (>200 J/g), a non-damaging method of debris collection, and an instrumentation suite capable of providing information on the physics of the entire imapct event.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Polk, Marshall
(Arnold Engineering Development Center Arnold AFS, TN, United States)
Woods, David
(Arnold Engineering Development Center Arnold AFS, TN, United States)
Roebuck, Brian
(Arnold Engineering Development Center Arnold AFS, TN, United States)
Opiela, John
(Jacobs Technology, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Sheaffer, Patti
(Aerospace Corp. El Segundo, CA, United States)
Liou, J.-C.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
December 8, 2014
Publication Date
January 1, 2015
Subject Category
Space Transportation And Safety
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Hypervelocity Impact Symposium
Location: Boulder, CO
Country: United States
Start Date: April 26, 2015
End Date: April 30, 2015
Sponsors: Hypervelocity Impact Society, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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