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Impacts on Explorer 46 from an Earth orbiting populationExplorer 46 was launched into Earth orbit in August 1972 to evaluate the effectiveness of using double-wall structures to protect against meteoroids. The data from the Meteoroid Bumper Experiment on Explorer 46 is reexamined and it is concluded that most of the impacts originated from an Earth orbiting population. The probable source of this orbiting population is solid rocket motors fired in Earth orbit.
Document ID
19850012894
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
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
LAUNCH VEHICLES AND SPACE VEHICLES
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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