31 October 1996 Interactions between space systems and the orbital environment
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This paper introduces a strategy for minimizing the growth of orbital debris by controlling the collision hazard that it represents to operational satellites. Applying the theory of Kessler, an analytic tool can be developed to set target survivability levels for operational satellites, to determine the individual contributions of different missions to the debris hazard, and to manage the debris environment by assessing the efficacy of different mitigation measures.
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Richard Crowther, Vivienne Marsh, Hedley Stokes, Roger Walker, "Interactions between space systems and the orbital environment", Proc. SPIE 2813, Characteristics and Consequences of Orbital Debris and Natural Space Impactors, (31 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.256063; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.256063


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