Accession Number : ADA313398

Title :   Orbital Debris: Cost Impact on Setting Policy.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Wolfner, William S.

PDF Url : ADA313398

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 117

Abstract : As the exploration of space increases, the problems associated with orbital debris also increase. 0rbital debris continues to grow at a linear rate with an ever increasing possibility of a shift to an exponential rate. If this point is achieved, space travel will, at best, be extremely hazardous and at worst, unusable. When mitigating orbital debris, cost and policy issues must be addressed. Currently no policy exists that makes the mitigation of orbital debris mandatory but it only strongly recommends mitigation as long as it is cost effective. This thesis addresses the cost impact of alternative spacecraft design Options for orbital debris mitigation. The cost impact is shown by developing generic satellite characteristics, considering two different altitudes, and using alternative design options.

Descriptors :   *ORBITS, *COSTS, *SPACECRAFT DEBRIS, SETTING(ADJUSTING), SPACECRAFT, POLICIES, COST EFFECTIVENESS, ECONOMIC IMPACT, RATES, THESES, LINEARITY, ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS, SPACE EXPLORATION.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Astronautics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE