Instability of the Present LEO Satellite Populations

  title={Instability of the Present LEO Satellite Populations},
  author={J. Liou and N. Johnson},
  journal={Advances in Space Research},
  • J. Liou, N. Johnson
  • Published 2008
  • Physics
  • Advances in Space Research
  • Abstract Several studies conducted during 1991–2001 demonstrated, with some assumed launch rates, the future unintended growth potential of the Earth satellite population, resulting from random, accidental collisions among resident space objects. In some low Earth orbit (LEO) altitude regimes where the number density of satellites is above a critical spatial density, the production rate of new breakup debris due to collisions would exceed the loss of objects due to orbital decay. A new study… CONTINUE READING
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