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Photometric measurements of deep space satellites
Author(s): Darryl J. Sanchez; Stephen A. Gregory; Deborah Werling; Tamara E.W. Payne; Lee Kann; Lyle G. Finkner; Don M. Payne; Carol K. Davis
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Paper Abstract

We seek to examine near-IR photometric signatures for geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO) communication satellites. To this end, we present a set of high quality photometric measurements for a sample of ten GEOs. The observations were made with a standard set of broad band astronomical filters (Johnson filters), using the 3.6 meter telescope at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate Starfire Optical Range, Kirtland AFB, NM. The results indicate that near-IR photometric signatures can be used to distinguish among different satellite classes. Other uses of the data, e.g. anomaly resolution and health status, are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 2000
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 4091, Imaging Technology and Telescopes, (31 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405774
Show Author Affiliations
Darryl J. Sanchez, Schafer Corp. (United States)
Stephen A. Gregory, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Deborah Werling, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Tamara E.W. Payne, Schafer Corp. (United States)
Lee Kann, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Lyle G. Finkner, Boeing Co. (United States)
Don M. Payne, Schafer Corp. (United States)
Carol K. Davis, Boeing Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4091:
Imaging Technology and Telescopes
James W. Bilbro; James B. Breckinridge; Mark J. Eckart; James B. Breckinridge; Richard A. Carreras; Richard A. Carreras; James W. Bilbro; Stanley R. Czyzak; Robert D. Fiete; Mark J. Eckart; Robert D. Fiete; Paul S. Idell, Editor(s)

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