Accession Number:

ADA024450

Title:

An Analysis of the Breakup of Satellite 1974-103A (COSMOS 699)

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE