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The Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat)
Author(s): Brad Wallace; Frank Lauchie Pinkney; Robert Scott; Donald Bedard; Jim Rody; Martin P. Levesque; Sylvie Buteau; Tom Racey; Doug Burrell; Aaron Spaans; Alan Hildebrand
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Paper Abstract

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) are collaborating to place a microsatellite in low earth orbit to perform optical detection and tracking of both inner-earth orbiting asteroids and earth-orbiting satellites and debris (i.e., "Resident Space Objects", RSOs). The "Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat)" will be the first mission for the CSA multi-mission microsatellite bus program, and is intended by DRDC to demonstrate the military utility of this small and inexpensive class of spacecraft. The mission will obtain metric positions, for geosynchronous satellites, to within ±500 m, timestamps accurate to within a millisecond, and be sensitive to objects in geosynchronous orbit down to 14th magnitude. The asteroid tracking mission will repeatedly survey the area from ±45-70° solar elongation with the aim of finding >50% of all inner-earth asteroids having diameters greater than 1 km.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5578, Photonics North 2004: Photonic Applications in Astronomy, Biomedicine, Imaging, Materials Processing, and Education, (9 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567077
Show Author Affiliations
Brad Wallace, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
Frank Lauchie Pinkney, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
Robert Scott, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
Donald Bedard, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
Jim Rody, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
Martin P. Levesque, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
Sylvie Buteau, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
Tom Racey, Royal Military College of Canada (Canada)
Doug Burrell, Royal Military College of Canada (Canada)
Aaron Spaans, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
Alan Hildebrand, Univ. of Calgary (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5578:
Photonics North 2004: Photonic Applications in Astronomy, Biomedicine, Imaging, Materials Processing, and Education
Marc Nantel; Glen Herriot; Graham H. McKinnon; Leonard MacEachern; Robert A. Weersink; Rejean Munger; Andrew Ridsdale, Editor(s)

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