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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing • Open Access

Small glints as an aid for imaging geosats using an optical Michelson interferometer

Paper Abstract

A Michelson optical interferometer, such as an upgraded version of the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer, could image geosynchronous satellites (geosats) with resolution of roughly 1 m. Baselines that sample features as small as 0.2 m can be built, however, the fringes would be swamped by the resolved component. Recent observations have shown that small glints known as “glintchen,” aside from being a nuisance, serve to isolate and highlight the signal from these structures. Imaging of geosats during glintchen events can determine the dimensions of these structures and can also play a critical role in determining if these glintchen are due to a previously undetected companion satellite. An approach for performing this glint-aided imaging of geosats and the wealth of detail it would yield, is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2013
PDF: 14 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 7(1) 073549 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.7.073549
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 7, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Robert B. Hindsley, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
John T. Armstrong, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Henrique R. Schmitt, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Ellyn K. Baines, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)

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