REENTRY OF IONIZED SPACE DEBRIS BY ATMOSPHERIC LAYERS WITH VARIABLE DENSITY

Gabriel Luiz Ferreira Santos, Antônio Delson Conceição De Jesus
2022 Zenodo  
The atmospheric re-entry of a space object (operational or not) is defined as its return to the surface of the planet. Space Debris can suffer a non-negligible action from atmospheric drag. These bodies tend to initiate the process of natural re-entry. This means that there is no way to avoid a collision of this Space Debris with a commercial aircraft, for example, or change its collision course towards an industrial zone with large amounts of flammable substances stored. The main objective of
more » ... his work, therefore, is to map the Space Debris families that, after a natural atmospheric re-entry process of up to 2000 seconds (33.33 min) in duration, reach some point in the Washington, DC area and nearby region. Thus, with the survey of Space Debris proposed by this work, the authorities can develop a series of security protocols to maintain the physical integrity of properties, people and aircraft in that region.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.6966187 fatcat:jejx2ag5vvhidf7jtsfe52cphy