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Design Of Low To Medium Altitude Surveillance Systems Providing Continuous Multiple Above-The-Horizon Viewing
Author(s): L. Rider
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Paper Abstract

A deterministic approach is used to derive the total number of platforms, sensor elevation field of view, and sensor/space-object maximum range requirements for the preliminary design of space-based surveillance systems in polar orbits that provide continuous multiple global or polar cap above-the-horizon (ATH) viewing. These requirements are determined as a function of surveillance platform altitude, the minimum and maximum space object altitudes of interest, and the multiplicity of continuous global or polar cap ATH coverage desired. Example trade-offs are given for platform altitudes between 500 and 2500 km.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1989
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 28(1) 280125 doi: 10.1117/12.7976896
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 28, Issue 1
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L. Rider, The Aerospace Corporation (United States)

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