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Uncertainty Dispersion Analysis of Atmospheric Re-Entry using the Stochastic Liouville Equation

Hülsmann, Maren (2018) Uncertainty Dispersion Analysis of Atmospheric Re-Entry using the Stochastic Liouville Equation. 4th International Workshop on Space Debris Re-Entry, 28. Feb. - 01. März, Darmstadt, Deutschland.

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Abstract

The re-entry of man-made objects is more and more of interest. The prediction of possible impact zones and its dispersion is necessary to evaluate the risk and the possibility of unforeseen occurrences and prevention measures. When analysing the re-entry into Earth's atmosphere one must consider that it is subjected to speci�c uncertainties. These uncertainties derive from the model of the atmosphere as it depends on measurements from one particular day or period and is only an approximation. Additionally the landing dispersion depends on the chosen initial conditions e.g. altitude, velocity and ight path angle of the re-entry as well as on the approximated spacecraft parameters for its aerodynamic behaviour. Conventionally, for this purpose a Monte-Carlo dispersion analysis is executed, simulating a large number of trajectories using a random sampled set of initial conditions and parameters, to predict a landing zone and a landing dispersion. A more computational e�cient way is to utilise the Stochastic Liouville Equation. By this method, the temporal evolution of given dynamics is analysed using a given distribution in the initial conditions and parameters, resulting directly in probability density functions stating the probability over time of each state of the dynamics. Since all statistical moments are preserved in the probability density function, the covariance matrix at the end time of the re-entry can be derived, which in this case specifies the dimensions of the landing ellipse. Main focus is laid on the introduction of the Stochastic Liouville Equation and its characteristics as an alternative for the Monte-Carlo analysis. Additionally some exemplary simulation results for the ballistic re-entry of an uncontrollable object into Earth's atmosphere are presented.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/119170/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Uncertainty Dispersion Analysis of Atmospheric Re-Entry using the Stochastic Liouville Equation
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Hülsmann, Marenmaren.huelsmann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:28 February 2018
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Uncertainty Dispersion, Re-Entry
Event Title:4th International Workshop on Space Debris Re-Entry
Event Location:Darmstadt, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:28. Feb. - 01. März
Organizer:ESA/ESOC
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Raumflugbetrieb / Missionstechnologie
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Deposited By: Hülsmann, Maren
Deposited On:06 Mar 2018 13:18
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:16

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