Micro-satellite impact tests to investigate multi-layer insulation fragments

Junko Murakami, Toshiya Hanada, J. C. Liou, Eugene Stansbery

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This paper summarizes two satellite impact experiments completed in 2008. The objective of the experiments is to investigate the physical properties of satellite fragments, including those originated from Multi-Layer Insulation and a solar panel. One test generated approximately 1,800 fragments while the other produced only 1,000 fragments. This difference came from the number of needle-like fragments from carbon fiber reinforced plastics. All collected fragments were analyzed using the same method as described in the NASA standard breakup model and compared with the breakup model. This paper will present: (1) the area-to-mass ratio, size, and mass distributions of the fragments, and (2) the differences in fragment properties between the two tests.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th European Conference on Space Debris
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event5th European Conference on Space Debris - Darmstadt, Germany
Duration: Mar 30 2009Apr 2 2009

Publication series

NameEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Volume672 SP
ISSN (Print)0379-6566


Other5th European Conference on Space Debris

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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