Deformation of space debris and subsequent changes in orbit during eclipse due to solar and earth radiation fluxes

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Abstract

Both solar radiation pressure (SRP) and Earth radiation pressure (ERP) can dramatically influence the orbit of space debris, particularly objects with a high area-to- mass ratio (HAMR objects). Little work however has investigated how these objects deform when solar radi- ation pressure (SRP) and Earth radiation pressure (ERP) forces are applied.
In this work a flexible piece of debris is modeled as a lattice of interconnected particles. Internal and external forces are modeled on a particle by particle basis allowing for complex deformations to occur. The effect of these forces is shown on flat and curved objects and a coupled deformation/attitude model demonstrated.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2017
Event7th European Conference on Space Debris - ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany
Duration: 18 Apr 201721 Apr 2017
https://conference.sdo.esoc.esa.int

Conference

Conference7th European Conference on Space Debris
CountryGermany
CityDarmstadt
Period18/04/1721/04/17
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Keywords

  • solar radiation pressure
  • earth radiation pressure
  • debris
  • high area-to-mass ratio
  • flexible
  • orbit prediction eclipse
  • multilayer insulation
  • orbital environment

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