Using NASA standard breakup model to describe low-velocity impacts on spacecraft

Toshiya Hanada, Tetsuo Yasaka, Iidehiro Hata, Vasuhiro Akahoshi

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The applicability is examined of the hypervelocity collision model included in the NASA standard breakup model 2000 revision to low-velocity collisions possible in space, especially in the geosynchronous regime. The analytic method used in the standard breakup model is applied to experimental data from low-velocity impact experiments previously performed at Kyushu University at a velocity range less than 300 m/s. The projectiles and target specimens used were stainless steel balls and aluminum honeycomb sandwich panels with face sheets of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, respectively. It is concluded that the hypervelocity collision model in the standard breakup model can be applied to low-velocity collisions with some simple modifications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-864
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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