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Protecting the Space Shuttle from Meteoroids and Orbital Debris
In this report, the committee examines NASA’s strategy for protecting the shuttle orbiter from meteoroids and debris and recommends new strategies where appropriate. Chapter 2 examines the hazard to the orbiter and crew from meteoroids and orbital debris. Chapter 3 reviews the shuttle program’s risk assessment and risk management strategies, and Chapter 4 looks at the tools NASA uses to assess the risk. Chapter 5 explores the use of collision warning and avoidance systems, and Chapter 6 describes steps that can be taken to improve the shuttle’s survivability.
NRC (National Research Council). 1995. Orbital Debris: A Technical Assessment. Committee on Space Debris, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.