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Space debris long term dynamics. (English) Zbl 1425.70027

Celletti, Alessandra (ed.) et al., Mathematical models and methods for planet Earth. Selected papers based on the presentations at the workshop, MPE 2013, Rome, Italy, May 27–29, 2013. Cham: Springer. Springer INdAM Ser. 6, 111-121 (2014).
Summary: Our lifestyle is strongly dependent on the presence of spacecraft: telecommunications, GPS or cellular phones, TV, Internet, climate watches, ecological studies, catastrophe prevention, military surveys,… Despite the technological progress, the costs and the risks due to the space debris are increasing and can really stop or drastically reduce the systematic replacement or extension of the present satellite constellations, stopping the worldwide communication.
In the next years, a special attention should be dedicated to the space debris problematic, to protect the space environment and to allow technological innovations, in the present framework of sustainable development.
In particular, more precise information about the dynamics and the behavior of debris has to be collected; the methods and theories of classical celestial mechanics are very suitable to describe the long term dynamics of these debris. Interesting results have been obtained by new approaches of the problem: the resonant description of the dynamics of geosynchronous debris, the consideration of the solar radiation pressure as an important perturbation, specially for objects with a large A/m coefficients and, because of the lifetimes of the debris, the use of symplectic integrators, as for the natural bodies but adapted to the specific force model.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 1298.86001].

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70F15 Celestial mechanics

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NIMASTEP
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