Design of a synthetic population of geostationary space debris by statistical means

Alexis Petit, Daniel Casanova, Morgane Dumont, Anne Lemaitre

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Abstract

We can observe and track objects located at the geostationary region with a size of approximately 1 meter by telescope means. However, a huge population of space debris still remains unknown for us. In this work, we propose to generate a synthetic (artificial) population of individual space debris, whose global characteristics are the same as the real one. We use two different tools; the first one, a combination of orbit propagators, fragmentation models, and historical data, and the second one, an Iterative Proportional Fitting (IPF) procedure, which allows to reconstruct the current population from partial data and statistical information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2017
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Pages3451-3462
Number of pages12
Volume160
ISBN (Print)9780877036371
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event27th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2017 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: 5 Feb 20179 Feb 2017

Conference

Conference27th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2017
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio
Period5/02/179/02/17

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