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Detection of space debris and meteor impacts using atmospheric infrasound
Author(s): Alfred J. Bedard; Rebekah Bloemker
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Paper Abstract

Improvements in hardware and processing techniques for the passive detection of infrasonic sound waves provide capabilities for monitoring space debris and meteor impacts. A review of past detection of meteors indicates possible uses for infrasonic observatories. We also document signals from bolides that we recorded on 3 - 4 October 1996, illustrating long-range tracking capabilities and review short-range detections and the observation of a space shuttle reentry. We discuss possible roles of acoustic observing systems for space debris and meteor detection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1997
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3116, Small Spacecraft, Space Environments, and Instrumentation Technologies, (1 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.293334
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Alfred J. Bedard, NOAA (United States)
Rebekah Bloemker, Science and Technology Corp. and NOAA (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3116:
Small Spacecraft, Space Environments, and Instrumentation Technologies
Firooz A. Allahdadi; Firooz A. Allahdadi; Timothy D. Maclay; E. Kane Casani; Timothy D. Maclay, Editor(s)

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