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Recent near Earth satellite flux data: contributions in the definition of the interplanetary flux at 1 AU heliocentric distance

  • J. A. M. McDonnell (a1), D. J. Gardner (a1) and N. McBride (a1)

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Recently analysed hypervelocity impact data from retrieved satellites are summarised. Analyses of perforation data show that mean densities are low (around 1.5-2 g/cm 3), impact velocities are consistent with radar meteor observations and that high aspect ratio particles are not found. Mean data, for Fmax > 30 μm agrees well with the Grün et al. Interplanetary flux model, though there is evidence of a strong bias towards the Earth apex of motion direction. For Fmax < 30 μm the data at LDEF's altitude is dominated by space debris.

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