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A sodium laser guide star facility for the ANU/EOS space debris tracking adaptive optics demonstrator
Author(s): Celine D'Orgeville; Francis Bennet; Mark Blundell; Rod Brister; Amy Chan; Murray Dawson; Yue Gao; Nicolas Paulin; Ian Price; Francois Rigaut; Ian Ritchie; Matt Sellars; Craig Smith; Kristina Uhlendorf; Yanjie Wang
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Paper Abstract

The Australian National University and EOS Space Systems have teamed up to equip the EOS laser space debris tracking station on Mount Stromlo near Canberra, Australia, with sodium Laser Guide Star (LGS) Adaptive Optics (AO). The AO system is used to correct for laser beam degradation caused by the atmospheric turbulence on the upward infrared laser pulse used to illuminate space debris. As a result, the AO-equipped laser tracking station can track smaller and more distant debris. This paper presents the joint ANU/EOS AO Demonstrator LGS facility requirements, architecture, and performance at the time of the conference.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2014
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 91483E (21 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055050
Show Author Affiliations
Celine D'Orgeville, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Francis Bennet, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Mark Blundell, EOS Space Systems Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
Rod Brister, EOS Space Systems Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
Amy Chan, EOS Space Systems Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
Murray Dawson, EOS Space Systems Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
Yue Gao, EOS Space Systems Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
Nicolas Paulin, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Ian Price, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Francois Rigaut, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Ian Ritchie, EOS Space Systems Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
Matt Sellars, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Craig Smith, EOS Space Systems Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
Kristina Uhlendorf, Jenoptik Optical Systems GmbH (Germany)
Yanjie Wang, EOS Space Systems Pty. Ltd. (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9148:
Adaptive Optics Systems IV
Enrico Marchetti; Laird M. Close; Jean-Pierre Véran, Editor(s)

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