Predicting the vulnerability of spacecraft components: modelling debris impact effects through vulnerable zones

A new journal article by Mirko Trisolini, based on his PhD work at the University of Southampton, assesses the effects of hypervelocity space debris impacts on satellites through a geometry-based probabilistic approach.

The main highlights of the work are:

  • A novel methodology for the vulnerability assessment of preliminary spacecraft designs.
  • The implementation of a fully probabilistic approach using the concept of vulnerable zones.
  • The use of Boolean geometry operations to model the interaction between the internal components and debris ejecta.

If you want to learn more, check out this publication on Advances in Space Research (