A probabilistic risk analysis model for receiving laser eye injury from space based lasers

K. Schulmeister, G. Sonneck, F. Rattay, H. Hödlmoser, D. Sliney, J. Mellerio, A. Culoma, Ch Preyssl

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Abstract

The European Space Agency ESA initiated a study, which dealt with the development of a risk model for laser induced eye injury. This study contributes to the minimisation of risks to the public caused by space flight projects and is summarised in this paper. The probability of an eye injury occurring in a given potential laser exposure scenario is a combination of the probability of being exposed to the laser beam and the probability of the level of the incident radiation energy producing eye injury. A probabilistic risk model with uncertainties has been developed to quantitatively model the risk for ocular injuries due to laser beams being emitted from satellite based lidars (atmospheric laser measurement systems). The risk model, to the knowledge of the authors, for the first time accounts for uncertainties associated with the variability that an ocular lesion is formed for a given laser exposure, as described by a dose-response curve. The needs of the user of the model will be summarised, the physical model discussed and the realisation, as generally applicable software, presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
EditorsB Battrick, C Preyssl
Pages109-113
Number of pages5
Edition486
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of tje Joint ESA-NASA Space-Flight Safety Conference - Noordwijk, Netherlands
Duration: Jun 11 2002Jun 14 2002

Other

OtherProceedings of tje Joint ESA-NASA Space-Flight Safety Conference
CountryNetherlands
CityNoordwijk
Period6/11/026/14/02

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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