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Satellite decays photographed by a fireball network
Author(s): Jiri Borovicka; Pavel Spurny
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Paper Abstract

Decays of satellites 1991-005B and 1994-087B were photographed by fish-eye cameras of the European Fireball Network. A method of computation of the curved satellite trajectories from the photographs taking into account Earth rotation was developed. The position of decaying satellites in space was determined with the precision of about 100 m along a 1000-km long path. Velocity could be determined on a part of the path. The results are compared with trajectories predicted with a satellite tracking program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3116, Small Spacecraft, Space Environments, and Instrumentation Technologies, (1 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.293338
Show Author Affiliations
Jiri Borovicka, Astronomical Institute (Czech Republic)
Pavel Spurny, Astronomical Institute (Czech Republic)

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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