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Shadow imaging of GEO satellites
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Paper Abstract

Analyses show that astronomical occultation methods may be used to determine the silhouettes of satellites at geostationary distances, a result few other techniques can achieve. Specifically, an array of photon-counting detectors is positioned in the path of the target shadow from one star. Reduction of the received star intensity vs. time can yield silhouette resolution of less than a meter. In this paper, we address the critical issues of a) the limited density of useable stars, b) positioning of the detector array into the path of the shadow, and c) undoing the effects of diffraction. A conceptual design for an imaging station is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5896, Unconventional Imaging, 58960C (23 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.634820
Show Author Affiliations
Richard H. Burns, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Victor Gamiz, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jean J. Dolne, The Boeing Co. (United States)
John Lambert, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Steve Long, Boeing LTS (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5896:
Unconventional Imaging
Victor L. Gamiz; Paul S. Idell, Editor(s)

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