Presentation Type

Paper (supporting PowerPoints may be added as Additional Files)

Location

Henderson Welcome Center

Start Date

16-1-2018 9:45 AM

End Date

16-1-2018 11:00 AM

Abstract

Many large constellations are being considered for deployment over the next ten years into low earth orbit (LEO). This paper seeks to quantify the risks that these constellations pose to the debris environment, the risks that the debris environment poses to these constellations, and the risks that these constellations pose to themselves. The three representative constellations examined in detail in this paper are operated (or planned to be operated) by Spire Global, Iridium, and OneWeb. This paper provides a balanced risk analysis including collision risk, operational risk, and non-adherence risk. For perspective, the risk posed by these economically useful constellations is compared to the risk associated with existing abandoned hardware deposited in clusters.

Area of Interest

Space Situational Awareness

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MCKNIGHT_Responsible Behavior for Constellations and Clusters charts.pptx (562 kB)
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Jan 16th, 9:45 AM Jan 16th, 11:00 AM

Responsible Behavior for Constellations and Clusters

Henderson Welcome Center

Many large constellations are being considered for deployment over the next ten years into low earth orbit (LEO). This paper seeks to quantify the risks that these constellations pose to the debris environment, the risks that the debris environment poses to these constellations, and the risks that these constellations pose to themselves. The three representative constellations examined in detail in this paper are operated (or planned to be operated) by Spire Global, Iridium, and OneWeb. This paper provides a balanced risk analysis including collision risk, operational risk, and non-adherence risk. For perspective, the risk posed by these economically useful constellations is compared to the risk associated with existing abandoned hardware deposited in clusters.