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Adapting a ground-based laser ranging system at NASA-GSFC for identification and tracking of orbital debris
Author(s): D. Barry Coyle; Paul R. Stysley; Jan F. McGarry; Scott M. Hull; Kenneth M. Getzandanner; Romae P. Young
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Paper Abstract

The mitigation of orbital debris was addressed in the most recent release of the National Space Policy directing space faring agencies to pursue technologies that will “mitigate and remove on-orbit debris.” No matter what abatement technology is developed and deployed, still lacking is the remote sensing infrastructure to locate and track these objects with adequate precision. We propose using GSFC's ground-based laser ranging facility to provide meter-level or better ranging precision on optically passive 10-30 cm orbital debris targets with the goal of improving current predictions up to 85%. The improved location accuracy also has the immediate benefit of reducing costly false alarms in collision predictions for existing assets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8731, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XVIII, 87310F (5 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2015460
Show Author Affiliations
D. Barry Coyle, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Paul R. Stysley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jan F. McGarry, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Scott M. Hull, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kenneth M. Getzandanner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Romae P. Young, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8731:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XVIII
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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