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Analysis Of A Satellite Interferometer System (SIS)
Author(s): Peter R. Silverglate
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Paper Abstract

A satellite interferometer system (SIS) utilizing 1 O laser heterodyne systems has been investigated. In its simplest form, the system consists of a pair of satellites, one in a polar orbit and the other in a synchronous orbit. The spatial frequencies covered in a twelve hour observing period extend upward from the inverse of the earth's diameter, corresponding to a resolution of 10-12 radians. Absolute phase, corresponding to the constantly changing baseline between the two satellites, is measured by a simultaneous heterodyning of a calibration laser traversing the distance between the two satellites. The orienta-tion of the baselines is recorded from timing and sequencing the data, with corrections for time dilation and other perturbations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1981
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 20(4) 204621 doi: 10.1117/12.7972773
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 20, Issue 4
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Peter R. Silverglate, Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)

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