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Orbital debris characterization: ETS staring survey
Author(s): David M. Gibson; Eric C. Pearce; Matthew S. Blythe; Peter J. Trujillo
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Paper Abstract

As part of Air Force Phillips Laboratory's Space Debris Program, MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Experimental Test System has conducted three separate types of surveys to detect small uncatalogued debris. In addition, follow-up metric and photometric observations have also been made. The goal of these observations is to characterize the low earth space debris environment down to sizes of 1 cm. The dual telescope staring survey, conducted in 1990, employed stereo (parallactic) viewing to enable estimates of the target altitudes to be determined. We will described the stereo survey techniques, a pipeline image processor to reduce the video tapes, and our plans for data analyses. We will also present a brief overview of the program results to date, emphasizing extensive observations of two small optically detected debris.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1951, Space Debris Detection and Mitigation, (15 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.156542
Show Author Affiliations
David M. Gibson, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)
Eric C. Pearce, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)
Matthew S. Blythe, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)
Peter J. Trujillo, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1951:
Space Debris Detection and Mitigation
Firooz A. Allahdadi, Editor(s)

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