Cislunar Debris Propagation Following a Catastrophic Spacecraft Mishap

Authored by: Nathan R. Boone , Robert A. Bettinger

Handbook of Scholarly Publications from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Volume 1, 2000–2020

Print publication date:  December  2022
Online publication date:  December  2022

Print ISBN: 9781032116679
eBook ISBN: 9781003220978
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To assess the risks to current operational spacecraft near Earth this study involves theoretical analysis of the short- and long-term motion of space debris in cislunar trajectories following a spacecraft catastrophic mishap. Debris trajectories following breakup events and spacecraft survivability are modeled. The model is used to quantify the risks from the debris to other cislunar spacecraft.

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