Environmental estimation on sub-millimeter-size debris using in-situ measurement data

Masahiro Furumoto, Shin'ya Nakano, Koki Fujita, Toshiya Hanada

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Space debris smaller than 1 mm in size still have enough energy to cause a fatal damage on a spacecraft, but such tiny debris cannot be followed or tracked from the ground. Therefore, IDEA the project for In-situ Debris Environmental Awareness, which aims to detect sub-millimeter-size debris using a group of micro satellites, has been initiated at Kyushu University. The IDEA project aims to construct the dynamic environmental model that provides a better definition of the current orbital debris environment. This study proposes data assimilation method to estimate the environment of sub-millimeter-size debris using in-situ measurement data. This paper also verifies the proposed model by simulating the measurement and the estimation. The simulation demonstrates that the estimation model can determine the orbital plane of the detected debris approximately.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2017
EditorsJon A. Sims, Frederick A. Leve, Jay W. McMahon, Yanping Guo
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780877036371
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017
Event27th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2017 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: Feb 5 2017Feb 9 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Other27th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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