Debris evolution and lifetime following an orbital breakup

V. A. Chobotov, D. B. Spencert

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This paper is an overview of the space debris modeling techniques and tools used at The Aerospace Corporation in support of the Air Force space debris efforts. A discussion is presented of the software tools IMPACT, which does the breakup analysis, and DEBRIS, which does collision hazard assessment. Additionally, some effects of atmospheric drag on debris environment are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)670-676
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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