An Analysis of the Breakup of Satellite 1974-103A (COSMOS 699)
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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The theory of satellite breakup based on statistical mechanics is extended in the area of the inverse problem and is applied to the 17 April 1975 breakup of Cosmos 699. The breakup is shown to be highly nonisotropic. In addition to the main event, there is evidence for smaller breakups separated from it by intervals of -2, 1, and 3 revolutions.
- Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry