An orbit determination from debris impacts on measurement satellites

Koki Fujita, Mitsuhiko Tasaki, Masahiro Furumoto, Toshiya Hanada

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Abstract

This work proposes a method to determine orbital plane of a micron-sized space debris cloud utilizing their impacts on measurement satellites. Given that debris impacts occur on a line of intersection between debris and satellites orbital planes, a couple of debris orbital parameters, right ascension of the ascending node, inclination, and nodal regression rate can be determined by impact times and locations measured from more than two satellites in different earth orbits. This paper proves that unique solution for the debris orbital parameters is obtained from the measurement data, and derives a computational scheme to estimate them. The effectiveness of the proposed scheme is finally demonstrated by a simulation test, in which measurement data are obtained from a numerical simulation considering realistic debris' and satellites' orbits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-626
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Volume57
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2016

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An orbit determination from debris impacts on measurement satellites. / Fujita, Koki; Tasaki, Mitsuhiko; Furumoto, Masahiro; Hanada, Toshiya.

In: Advances in Space Research, Vol. 57, No. 2, 15.01.2016, p. 620-626.

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Fujita, Koki ; Tasaki, Mitsuhiko ; Furumoto, Masahiro ; Hanada, Toshiya. / An orbit determination from debris impacts on measurement satellites. In: Advances in Space Research. 2016 ; Vol. 57, No. 2. pp. 620-626.
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