Space Debris - Models and Risk Analysis

Heiner Klinkrad

Space Debris - Models and Risk AnalysisThe hazard posed by space debris is becoming of increasing concern to the scientific and commercial users of space. Apart from observable, cataloged objects, there is a much more abundant population of hazardous space debris which cannot be tracked. Different sources contribute to this space debris environment. The spatial distribution and dynamics of the resulting population can be expressed in mathematical models, which can be used to determine the collision risk for a given space mission. The risk on orbit can be reduced by different debris mitigation measures, the effectiveness of which can be tested in long-term projections of the debris environment. Other mitigation measures can be defined for the risk reduction due to atmospheric re-entry and ground impact. If proven space debris mitigation measures are applied by all space operators, then the space debris environment can be maintained at a safe level for future generations.

Space Debris Models and Risk Analysis
The book is suited for undergraduate and graduate courses in aeronautical engineering.

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Extent: 416 pages
Binding: Hardback
Publication Date: January 2006
ISBN: 978-3-540-25448-5

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