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Orbital DebrisEarth orbital debris issues and recommended future activities are discussed. The workshop addressed the areas of environment definition, hazards to spacecraft, and space object management. It concluded that orbital debris is a potential problem for future space operations. However, before recommending any major efforts to control the environment, more data are required. The most significant required data are on the population of debris smaller than 4 cm in diameter. New damage criteria are also required. When these data are obtained, they can be combined with hypervelocity data to evaluate the hazards to future spacecraft. After these hazards are understood, then techniques to control the environment can be evaluated.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Donald J. Kessler
(Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas, United States)
Shin-Yi Su
(Lockheed-EMSCO Houston, Tex., United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1985
Publication Information
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.55:2360
Meeting Information
Meeting: Proceedings of a Workshop
Location: Houston, TX
Country: US
Start Date: July 27, 1982
End Date: July 29, 1982
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 906-75-22
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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