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Orbital Debris: A Technical Assessment

Orbital Debris: A Technical Assessment (Hardback, illustrated edition)

By Research Council, National
By Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
By Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems
By on Space Debris, Committee
By Academy of Sciences, National

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Examines the methods we can use to characterize orbital debris, estimates the magnitude of the debris population, and assesses the hazard that this population poses to spacecraft. This report also takes a close look at the projected future growth in the debris population and eval... read full description below.

ISBN 9780309051255
Published 15 January 1995 by FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
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ISBN-13 9780309051255
ISBN-10 0309051258
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Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-14 working days
Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Imprint National Academies Press
Publication Date 15 January 1995
International Publication Date 7 July 1995
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Research Council, National
By Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
By Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems
By on Space Debris, Committee
By Academy of Sciences, National
Category Galaxies, Clusters, Intergalactic Matter
Space Science
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 503g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Space debris
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 523.1125
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Since the beginning of space flight, the collision hazard in Earth orbit has increased as the number of artificial objects orbiting the Earth has grown. Spacecraft performing communications, navigation, scientific, and other missions now share Earth orbit with spent rocket bodies, nonfunctional spacecraft, fragments from spacecraft breakups, and other debris created as a byproduct of space operations. Orbital Debris examines the methods we can use to characterize orbital debris, estimates the magnitude of the debris population, and assesses the hazard that this population poses to spacecraft. Potential methods to protect spacecraft are explored. The report also takes a close look at the projected future growth in the debris population and evaluates approaches to reducing that growth. Orbital Debris offers clear recommendations for targeted research on the debris population, for methods to improve the protection of spacecraft, on methods to reduce the creation of debris in the future, and much more.

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Committee on Space Debris, National Research Council

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