Innovators at NASA’s Johnson Space Center have developed software for assessing the risk to the International Space Station (ISS) from impacts of meteoroids and orbital debris (M/OD). BUMPER II is the primary spacecraft M/OD risk analysis program NASA uses to provide for safe and reliable operations of NASA spacecraft. The code quantifies the probability of penetration of shielding and the damage to spacecraft equipment as a function of the size, shape, and orientation of the spacecraft; the parameters of its orbit; and the impact damage resistance of each spacecraft. The BUMPER II software was specifically designed for the ISS and contains several dozen ballistic limit equations that are based on results from thousands of hypervelocity impact tests conducted on ISS shielding. This software may be released to U.S. persons only.
This technology is being made available through JSC’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, which seeks to transfer technology into and out of NASA to benefit the space program and U.S. industry. NASA invites companies to consider licensing this technology for commercial applications.
If you would like more information about this technology or about NASA’s technology transfer program, please contact:Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office