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Spin velocity measurement for space debris from periodic signatures with active and passive illumination
Author(s): Li Xue; Ming Li; Liangliang Wang; Qing Mao
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Paper Abstract

Measurement for spin velocity is an important method for identification of space debris from functioning crafts as the obtained light curve shows periodic signatures, which helps to identify the debris from functioning space craft. In this paper, space debris of different spin velocities, different altitudes, and different surface materials (Al2O3, TiO2) are both theoretically analyzed and simulated with a ray tracing method by Tracepro. In the ray tracing simulation, light is presented by a visible way as light rays, and only some basic laws of geometrical optics are needed. Simulation results show light curves have periodic signatures which can be used for spin velocity measurement. And spin velocities obtained from active illumination and passive illumination are different, which may have some reference value in the practical engineering.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9270, Optoelectronic Devices and Integration V, 92701D (24 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070406
Show Author Affiliations
Li Xue, Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunication Technology (China)
China Aerodynamics Research and Development Ctr. (China)
Ming Li, Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunication Technology (China)
China Aerodynamics Research and Development Ctr. (China)
Liangliang Wang, Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunication Technology (China)
China Aerodynamics Research and Development Ctr. (China)
Qing Mao, Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunication Technology (China)
China Aerodynamics Research and Development Ctr. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9270:
Optoelectronic Devices and Integration V
Xuping Zhang; Hai Ming; Changyuan Yu, Editor(s)

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