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Orbital debris detection program highlights from the Air Force Maui Optical Station
Author(s): Jeff E. Houchard; Paul W. Kervin; John L. Africano; Shiao Didi Kuo; Robert S. Medrano; John V. Lambert
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Paper Abstract

The Air Force Maui Optical Station (AMOS) conducted searches, measurements, and analyses of the orbital debris environment for the Air Force Space Command and the Phillips Laboratory since May 1991 in support of the Air Force Orbital Debris Measurements Program. The objective of this program was to detect orbiting low earth objects not currently in the United States Space Command Space Surveillance Center catalog. Once objects were detected, further objectives were to track, catalog, and maintain those objects locally, to determine statistics on detected objects, and perform relevant analyses. AMOS has developed a prototype surveillance system for the detection and tracking of orbital debris. In addition to this surveillance activity, AMOS has also automated the post-processing videotape streak detection process and is automating the analysis process. Both the optical tracking of orbital debris and the automatic streak detection process were thought to be virtually impossible only a few years ago. The AMOS program employed wide field of view optical telescopes using the Maui Groundbased Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance site and AMOS narrow field of view tracking telescopes, both located at the Maui Space Surveillance Site.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 1994
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2214, Space Instrumentation and Dual-Use Technologies, (8 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.177674
Show Author Affiliations
Jeff E. Houchard, Rockwell Power Systems (United States)
Paul W. Kervin, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
John L. Africano, Rockwell Power Systems (United States)
Shiao Didi Kuo, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Robert S. Medrano, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
John V. Lambert, Rockwell Power Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2214:
Space Instrumentation and Dual-Use Technologies
Firooz A. Allahdadi; Michael Chrisp; Concetto R. Giuliano; W. Pete Latham; James F. Shanley, Editor(s)

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