Systems Engineering Seminar

New Developments in Orbital Debris Prevention and Protection

Presented by:
Scott Hull, Code 592

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 1:00 pm
Building 3 Auditorium


Orbital Debris has received increased attention lately among NASA missions, international space agencies, and even Hollywood. How much debris is really out there, where is it worst, and what can be done about it? What effects can debris have on spacecraft, and how can we protect against damage? This seminar will address these topics, as well as providing updates on the recent developments in NASA’s orbital debris models and assessment tools. The current NASA requirements will be discussed, along with proposed changes coming soon and advice on how to satisfy the requirements within the mission’s budget. The seminar is intended as an introduction for project managers, systems engineers, and mechanical designers affected by the need to limit orbital debris, and its effects on our missions.



Biography Scott Hull is the Orbital Debris Services Group Leader at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He has worked orbital debris assessment and limitation issues involving hardware design and operations exclusively for the past twelve years. He has worked at GSFC for 24 years, in failure analysis, electronic parts engineering, space science mission operations, and orbital debris control. He received his B.S. in Materials Engineering from Drexel University in 1987. In addition to a number of papers, he recently authored the End of Mission Considerations chapter for the “Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD” textbook.



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