NASA Logo

NTRS

NTRS - NASA Technical Reports Server

Back to Results
Is the Sky Really Falling? An Overview of Orbital DebrisOrbital debris has been a prominent topic for a while, even before the movie Gravity came out. An anti-satellite test and a collision with an operational satellite both produced large highly-publicized debris clouds within recent years. While large objects like abandoned satellites and rocket bodies may be the most recognizable and identifiable concerns, a majority of the daily threat comes from the much more numerous smaller particles. In fact, small particle penetration continues to rank among the leading risks for manned space missions to the International Space Station and beyond. How much 'stuff' is up there, where did it come from, what harm can it do, and what is being done about it? These questions and more will be discussed.
Document ID
20150023281
Document Type
Presentation
Authors
Hull, Scott M. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Date Acquired
December 18, 2015
Publication Date
October 30, 2015
Subject Category
Space Transportation and Safety
Report/Patent Number
GSFC-E-DAA-TN27814
592-Hull-USNO-Oct2015
Meeting Information
US Naval Observatory Scientific Colloquia(Washington, DC)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
Orbital Debris
Launch Vehicles
Explosions

Available Downloads

NameType 20150023281.pdf STI