New Developments in Orbital Debris Prevention and Protection


Abstract

  • Orbital Debris has received increased attention lately among NASA missions, international space agencies, and even Hollywood. How much debris is really out there, where is it worst, and what can be done about it? What effects can debris have on spacecraft, and how can we protect against damage? This seminar will address these topics, as well as providing updates on the recent developments in NASA's orbital debris models and assessment tools. The current NASA requirements will be discussed, along with proposed changes coming soon and advice on how to satisfy the requirements within the mission's budget. The seminar is intended as an introduction for project managers, systems engineers, and mechanical designers affected by the need to limit orbital debris, and its effects on our missions.