The disposal and demise of spacecraft in Highly Elliptical Orbits (HEO) is studied in the latest paper in the Journal of Space Safety Engineering by our student Christian Fusaro, supervised by Mirko Trisolini and Camilla Colombo. Specific attention is given to the interface between the long-term end-of-life predictions and the detailed analysis of the destructive re-entry process to assess the risk for people and properties on ground. A novel methodology to identify such interface, based on the concept of overshoot boundary is presented and its sensitivity to entry conditions analysed.
The methodology is applied to the relevant test case of the re-entry of the ESA INTEGRAL satellite.
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