Using breakup models and propagators to devise debris search strategies in GEO

Toshiya Hanada, Mark Matney

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Current search strategies for telescopes observing the GEO environment are designed around the known orbital distributions of catalogued objects. However, the majority of catalogued objects are believed to be intact spacecraft and rocket bodies - not the debris particles the searches are intended to locate. If there have been breakups in GEO, the explosions may have put the debris into orbits that are significantly different from those in the catalogue. Consequently, observation plans optimized for the catalogue population may not be optimized for any unseen debris populations. We will present some hypothetical cases, including a near-synchronous US Titan IIIC Transtage explosion, to demonstrate this effect and make some observations on how to implement future search strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-383
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventProceedings of the 9th International Space Conference of Pacific Basin Societies (ISCOPS, formerly PISSTA) - Pasadena, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 14 2001Nov 16 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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