Searching the lost fragments

Hitoshi Ikeda, Toshiya Hanada, Tetsuo Yasaka

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This paper tries to search the lost fragments from the near-synchronous US TitanIIIC transtage explosion of February 21st, 1992, known as the second major fragmentation of a TitanIIIC transtage. This breakup was accidentally observed by the Maui GEODSS sensor, and then a total of 23 objects were reported from the breakup, no orbital data on any fragments has been generated by the Space Surveillance Network (SSN). In order to evaluate debris clouds orbital evolution, we demonstrated actual US TitanIIIC transtage explosion by using a breakup model and a orbit propagator. Perturbing accelerations, considered in this analysis are non-spherical part of the Earth's gravitational attraction, gravitational attraction due to the Sun and Moon, and solar pressure effects. Finally, we will present a search strategy based on distribution of right ascension of the ascending node about catalogued objects and debris particles from TitanIIIC explosion.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventInternational Astronautical Federation - 56th International Astronautical Congress 2005 - Fukuoka, Japan
Duration: Oct 17 2005Oct 21 2005


OtherInternational Astronautical Federation - 56th International Astronautical Congress 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering


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