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Utilizing UV and visible sensors on micro-satellites to demonstrate target acquisition and tracking
Author(s): Steven Brown; Dean Wada; Ali Ghafourian; Mark Greenman; Charles Harris; Carl Howlett; Thomas Humpherys; Vincent Nguyen
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Paper Abstract

The Distributed Sensing Experiment (DSE) program is a technology demonstration of target acquisition, tracking, and three-dimensional track development using a constellation of three micro satellites. DSE will demonstrate how micro satellites, working singly and as a group, can observe test-missile boost and ballistic-flight events. The overarching program objective is to demonstrate a means of fusing measurements from multiple sensors into a composite track. To perform this demonstration, each DSE micro satellite will acquire and track a target, determine a two-dimensional direction and movement rate for each, communicate observations to other DSE satellites, determine a three-dimensional target position and velocity, and relay this information to ground systems. A key design parameter of the program is incorporating commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software to reduce risk and control costs, while maintaining performance. Having completed a successful Critical Design Review, the program is currently in fabrication, integration, and test phase. The constellation of satellites is scheduled for launch in CY2009. This paper describes the status and capabilities of the UV and visible sensor payloads, as well as the algorithms and software being developed to achieve the DSE mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6555, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications, 65550K (15 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.717059
Show Author Affiliations
Steven Brown, Utah State Univ. Research Foundation (United States)
Dean Wada, Utah State Univ. Research Foundation (United States)
Ali Ghafourian, Utah State Univ. Research Foundation (United States)
Mark Greenman, Utah State Univ. Research Foundation (United States)
Charles Harris, Utah State Univ. Research Foundation (United States)
Carl Howlett, Utah State Univ. Research Foundation (United States)
Thomas Humpherys, Utah State Univ. Research Foundation (United States)
Vincent Nguyen, Missile Defense Agency (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6555:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications
Richard T. Howard; Robert D. Richards, Editor(s)

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