The expanding capabilities of the debris analysis workstation

David B. Spencer, Marion E. Sorge, Deanna L. Mains, Ann J. Shubert, Charlotte M. Gerhart, Kenneth W. Yates, Michael Leake

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Abstract

Determining the hazards from debris-generating events is a design and safety consideration for a number of space systems, both currently operating and planned. To meet these and other requirements, the United States Air Force (USAF) Phillips Laboratory (PL) Space Debris Research Program has developed a simulation software package called the Debris Analysis Workstation (DAW). This software provides an analysis capability for assessing a wide variety of debris hazards. DAW integrates several component debris analysis models and data visualization tools into a single analysis platform that meets the needs for Department ofDefense space debris analysis, and is both user friendly and modular. This allows for studies to be performed expeditiously by analysts who are not debris experts. The current version of DAW includes models for spacecraft breakup, debris orbital lifetime, collision hazard risk assessment, and collision dispersion, as well as a satellite catalog database manager, a drag inclusive propagator, a graphical user interface, and data visualization routines. Together they provide capabilities to conduct several types of analyses, ranging from range safety assessments to satellite constellation risk assessment. Work is progressing to add new capabilities with the incorporation of additional models and improved designs. The existing tools are in their initial integrated form, but the "glue" that will ultimately bring them together into an integrated system is an object oriented language layer scheduled to be added soon. Other candidate component models under consideration for incorporation include additional orbital propagators, error estimation routines, other dispersion models, and other breakup models. At present, DAW resides on a SUN® workstation, although future versions could be tailored for other platforms, depending on the need.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-115
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume2813
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 31 1996
EventCharacteristics and Consequences of Orbital Debris and Natural Space Impactors 1996 - Denver, United States
Duration: Aug 4 1996Aug 9 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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