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Determination of debris albedo from visible and infrared brightnesses
Author(s): John V. Lambert; Thomas J. Osteen; Butch Kraszewski
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Paper Abstract

The Air Force Phillips Laboratory is conducting measurements to characterize the orbital debris environment using wide-field optical systems located at the Air Force's Maui, Hawaii, Space Surveillance Site. Conversion of the observed visible brightnesses of detected debris objects to physical sizes require knowledge of the albedo (reflectivity). A thermal model for small debris objects has been developed and is used to calculate albedos from simultaneous visible and thermal infrared observations of catalogued debris objects. The model and initial results will be discussed.

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Date Published: 15 September 1993
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1951, Space Debris Detection and Mitigation, (15 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.156557
Show Author Affiliations
John V. Lambert, Rockwell International Corp. (United States)
Thomas J. Osteen, Rockwell Power Systems (United States)
Butch Kraszewski, Rockwell Power Systems (United States)

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

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