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Orbital debris research at NASA Johnson Space Center, 1986-1988Research on orbital debris has intensified in recent years as the number of debris objects in orbit has grown. The population of small debris has now reached the level that orbital debris has become an important design factor for the Space Station. The most active center of research in this field has been the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Work is being done on the measurement of orbital debris, development of models of the debris population, and development of improved shielding against hypervelocity impacts. Significant advances have been made in these areas. The purpose of this document is to summarize these results and provide references for further study.
Document ID
19900001479
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Authors
Reynolds, Robert C. (Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Houston, TX., United States)
Potter, Andrew E., Jr. (Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Houston, TX., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1989
Subject Category
SPACE SCIENCES (GENERAL)
Report/Patent Number
S-595
NASA-TM-102155
NAS 1.15:102155
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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