Estimation of orbital parameters of broken-up objects from In-situ debris measurement

Yutaka Kodama, Masahiro Furumoto, Koki Fujita, Toshiya Hanada

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Abstract

Even sub-millimeter-size debris could cause a fatal damage on a spacecraft. However, such tiny debris cannot be followed up or tracked from the ground. Therefore, Kyushu University has initiated IDEA the project for In-situ Debris Environmental Awareness, which conducts in-situ measurement of sub-millimeter-size debris. One of the project’s objectives is to estimate the location of on-orbit satellite fragmentations from measurements. The previous study derived a constraint equation that applies for the orbital parameters of a broken-up object. The previous study also concluded that two or more measurement satellites are necessary to properly estimate a couple of orbital parameters of the broken-up object in certain special case. This study finds out that even a single measurement satellite can estimate the orbital parameters of the broken-up object. Furthermore, this study derives a new constraint equation that applies for the nodal regression rate of the broken-up object. Finally, this paper demonstrates an effective procedure for a single measurement satellite to estimate the location of on-orbit satellite fragmentations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017
Subtitle of host publicationUnlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Pages3982-3996
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781510855373
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017
Event68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: Sep 25 2017Sep 29 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Volume6
ISSN (Print)0074-1795

Other

Other68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period9/25/179/29/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Kodama, Y., Furumoto, M., Fujita, K., & Hanada, T. (2017). Estimation of orbital parameters of broken-up objects from In-situ debris measurement. In 68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security (pp. 3982-3996). (Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC; Vol. 6). International Astronautical Federation, IAF.