Debris Modeling of ELVs

The Contractor shall produce a report describing the following: (1) the methods by which the Contractor has generated expendable launch vehicle (ELV) debris lists/catalogs for the launches of past vehicles; (2) the methods by which members of the commercial space launch industry and Federal launch ranges have generated ELV debris lists/catalogs for launches of past vehicles; and (3) descriptions of existing empirical data sets of ELV debris maintained by members of the industry or the ranges, to include lists/catalogs of gathered debris and the results of analyses of radar tracks of falling debris. The Contractor shall conduct a survey of the commercial launch industry and Federal Government launch ranges to gather sufficient information with which to document the methods by which these parties have generated ELV debris lists/catalogs for the launches of past vehicles. For data sets of gathered debris, this description shall include a description of the methods by which the debris was recovered and analyzed. For data sets of radar analyses, this description shall include a description of the capabilities and limitations of the equipment, as well as the method used to track the debris. The Contractor shall prepare two presentations for delivery to the Range Commanders Council Range Safety Group Risk Committee. The first shall describe the effort and the progress made to date at the spring meeting in 2010 and the second to describe the report at the fall meeting in 2010. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shall provide the Contractor with the list of desired industry and Federal range respondents, not to exceed a total of five. The Contractor shall coordinate all requests for information from the industry and ranges through the FAA Task Lead.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Commercial Space Transportation, Vehicle Safety - Analyses


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Davidian, Ken

  • Performing Organizations:

    APT Research

  • Start Date: 20100407
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110406
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30433

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01483457
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTFAWA-07-D-00035
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 9 2013 1:00AM