Analysis of the Micrometeoroid and Debris Hazard Posed to an Orbiting Parabolic Mirror

Analysis of the Micrometeoroid and Debris Hazard Posed to an Orbiting Parabolic Mirror Many concepts of future space systems involve the use of parabolic mirrors for optical applications. The need for a highly reflective finish means that performance of such systems will be particularly vulnerable to space debris and micrometeoroids. A case study was performed to examine the micrometeoroid and debris hazard posed to an orbiting parabolic mirror. The mirror considered was nominally Earth-pointed in a circular orbit with two candidate altitudes in low Earth orbit (LEO), well within the region inhabited by man-made debris. The timeframes of interest for the two missions were 2002–2004 and 2005–2015. Microgram and larger particles were considered. Space Debris Springer Journals

Analysis of the Micrometeoroid and Debris Hazard Posed to an Orbiting Parabolic Mirror

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Engineering; Automotive Engineering; Law of the Sea, Air and Outer Space; Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
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