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Explosions in near-Earth orbits and their relation with solar activity and with meteor streams

Smirnov, M. A. 1, Mikisha, A. M. 1, Kasimenko, T. V. 1, Rykhlova, L. V.1
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Publishing year2001 PublisherESA Publishing typeConference Name of conference3rd European Conference on Space Debris
Pagesn/a Volume
H. Lacoste


A comparison analysis of explosions in near-Earth orbits with solar activity was performed. It was shown that maximum of explosions correlate with minima and maxima of the 11-years cycles. This may be due to interaction of corpuscular radiation from the Sun with spacecraft. Seasonal variations of the rate of explosions correlate with seasonal variations of meteor streams. In GEO rate of explosions correlate with periods of shadowing. Obtained dependencies of explosion rates from solar activity can be explained by electric effects on satellites surfaces and interior. It is possible that a meteoroids collision with a spaceship inspires a three-dimensional electric charge that burns parts of the spaceship surface and sets on fire the remaining fuel.