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Characterizing the Orbital Debris Environment Using Satellite Perturbation Anomaly Data

  title={Characterizing the Orbital Debris Environment Using Satellite Perturbation Anomaly Data},
  author={Joel E. Williamsen and Daniel L. Pechkis and Asha Balakrishnan and Stephen Ouellette},
The untracked orbital debris environment is as one of the most serious risks to the survivability of satellites in hightraffic low Earth orbits, where acute satellite population growth is taking place. This paper describes a method for correlating observed satellite orbital changes with orbital debris impacts, and demonstrates how populations of small debris (< 1 cm) can be characterized by directly examining the orbit and attitude changes of individual satellites within constellations. The… 

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