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Optical Engineering

Space-based telescopes for actionable refinement of ephemeris pathfinder mission
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Paper Abstract

The Space-based Telescopes for Actionable Refinement of Ephemeris (STARE) program will collect the information needed to help satellite operators avoid collisions in space by using a network of nanosatellites to determine more accurate trajectories for selected space objects orbiting the Earth. In the first phase of the STARE program, two pathfinder cube-satellites (CubeSats) equipped with an optical imaging payload are being developed and deployed to demonstrate the main elements of the STARE concept. We first give an overview of the STARE program. The details of the optical imaging payload for the STARE pathfinder CubeSats are then described, followed by a description of the track detection algorithm that will be used on the images it acquires. Finally, simulation results that highlight the effectiveness of the mission are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Opt. Eng. 51(1) 011004 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.51.1.011004
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 51, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Lance M. Simms, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Willem H. De Vries, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Vincent J. Riot, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Scot S. Olivier, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Alexander J. Pertica, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Brian J. Bauman, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Donald W. Phillion, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Sergei Nikolaev, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


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