Analysis of the de-orbiting and re-entry of space objects with high area to mass ratio

Massimiliano Vasile, Edmondo Minisci, Romain Serra, James Beck, Ian Holbrough

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Abstract

This paper presents a preliminary analysis of the de-orbiting and re-entry dynamics of space objects with a large area to mass ratio. Two different classes of objects are considered: fragments of satellites (like solar panels and pieces of thermal blankets) and complete nano-satellites with passive de-orbiting devices like a drag sail. Different sources of uncertainty are considered including atmospheric density variability with latitude and solar cycles, aerodynamic properties of the object, light pressure, initial conditions. The coupling of the uncertainty in the aerodynamic forces and attitude motion is investigated to understand if low fidelity three degrees of freedom models can be used in place of more expensive high fidelity models to make predictions on the re-entry time. Modern uncertainty propagation and quantification tools are used to assess the effect of uncertainty on the re-entry time and study the dependency on a number of key parameters.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016
Place of PublicationReston
Number of pages27
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2016
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: 13 Sep 201616 Sep 2016

Publication series

NameAIAA Space Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc

Conference

ConferenceAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach
Period13/09/1616/09/16

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Keywords

  • de-orbiting
  • re-entry
  • satellite fragments
  • nanosatellites
  • aerodynamic properties
  • attitude motion
  • atmospheric drag

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Vasile, M., Minisci, E., Serra, R., Beck, J., & Holbrough, I. (2016). Analysis of the de-orbiting and re-entry of space objects with high area to mass ratio. In AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016 [2016-5678] (AIAA Space Forum). Reston. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2016-5678
Vasile, Massimiliano ; Minisci, Edmondo ; Serra, Romain ; Beck, James ; Holbrough, Ian. / Analysis of the de-orbiting and re-entry of space objects with high area to mass ratio. AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016. Reston, 2016. (AIAA Space Forum).
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Vasile M, Minisci E, Serra R, Beck J, Holbrough I. Analysis of the de-orbiting and re-entry of space objects with high area to mass ratio. In AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016. Reston. 2016. 2016-5678. (AIAA Space Forum). https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2016-5678