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Abstract
Low Earth Orbit is becoming crowded with satellites. Updating estimates of collision probabilities is important as new deployments are authorised but is difficult because only limited information is given. This report investigates developing analytic estimates of collision probabilities. A survey of approaches reported in the literature is carried out. A collision involving a satellite from the Iridium cluster is reviewed. A simple analytic expression for the collision probability between two satellites is derived using the smallness of several dimensionless ratios appearing in the problem. Single collision probabilities are then extended to orbital planes populated by n satellites with the aim of finding the optimal point at which to traverse such an orbit. This report demonstrates that analytic estimates relevant to the problem can be made. Further work should focus on: making these estimates rigorous by using a formal asymptotic approach, considering multiple orbital planes and introducing time dependence.
Original language  English 

Publisher  Cambridge University Press 
Number of pages  18 
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Publication status  Published  10 Dec 2021 
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