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Laser ranging system and measurement analysis for space debris with high repetition rate
Author(s): Zhibo Wu; Haifeng Zhang; Wendong Meng; Pu Li; Huarong Deng; Kai Tang; Renjie Ding; Zhongping Zhang
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Paper Abstract

Laser measurement technology is inherently high accurate and will play an important role in precise orbit determination, accurate catalog, surveillance to space debris. Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SHAO) has been developing the technology of laser measurement to space debris for several years. Based on the first successful laser ranging measurement to space debris in country, by applying one new set of high power 532nm wavelength laser system with 200Hz repetition rate, and adopting low dark noise APD detector with high quantum efficiency and high transmissivity of narrow bandwidth spectral filter, SHAO have achieved hundreds of passes of laser data from space debris in 2014, and the measured objects with distance between 500km and 2200km, Radar Cross Section (RCS) of >10m2 to <0.5m2 at the precision of <1m RMS for small RCS targets ,and the success rate of measured passes of up to 80%. The results show that laser ranging technology in China can routinely measure space debris and provide enough measurement data with high accuracy to space debris applications and researches such as surveillance activities in the future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 January 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9796, Selected Papers of the Photoelectronic Technology Committee Conferences held November 2015, 97961E (26 January 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231197
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Zhibo Wu, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
Key Lab. of Space Object and Debris Observation (China)
Haifeng Zhang, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
Key Lab. of Space Object and Debris Observation (China)
Wendong Meng, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
Key Lab. of Space Object and Debris Observation (China)
Pu Li, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
Huarong Deng, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
Kai Tang, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
Renjie Ding, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Zhongping Zhang, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
Key Lab. of Space Object and Debris Observation (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9796:
Selected Papers of the Photoelectronic Technology Committee Conferences held November 2015
Weimin Bao; Yueguang Lv, Editor(s)

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