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Environment definition, large particlesThe orbital debris environment of objects larger than 1 sq met. in low Earth orbit (LEO) is fairly well defined. Objects of this size and altitude are tracked by NORAD with sufficient accuracy that collisions can be avoided by maneuvering a spacecraft away from regions of close approach. However for sizes smaller and at the higher geosynchrnous altitudes, the environment is not so well defined, and must be approached statistically. In order to determine if a significant number of these particles exist, or can be realistically produced, to cause a problem, a combination of modeling and data gathering is required.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Kessler, D. J.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: Orbital Debris
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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