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MDD3 - EMI's upcoming meteoroid and space debris detector experiment onboard Russian Spektr-R satellite

: Schimmerohn, M.; Schäfer, F.; Lomakin, I.; Willemsen, P.

Lacoste, H. ; European Space Agency -ESA-, Paris:
Fifth European Conference on Space Debris 2009. Proceedings. CD-ROM : 30 March - 2 April 2009, Darmstadt, Germany
Noordwijk: ESA, 2009 (ESA SP 672)
ISBN: 978-92-9221-236-0
European Conference on Space Debris <5, 2009, Darmstadt>
Fraunhofer EMI ()

The Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI) is currently developing its next meteoroid and space debris detector experiment, referred to as MDD3, which will be integrated onboard the Russian Spektr-R satellite. Taking this flight opportunity supported by the German Aerospace Center, MDD3 will be operated in a highly elliptical orbit, allowing for in-situ measurements of impact events in various Earth orbit particle environments. The detector system is equipped with several sensors, thus contributing to both the on-orbit verification of a robust impact detection system and the enhancement of knowledge about micrometeoroid and space debris populations. This paper addresses scientific and technical aspects of the MDD3 mission in a general overview. The status of MDD3 implementation, as well as facts on the Spektr-R mission and orbit environment are outlined for background information.