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System models used to support a space-based telescope design for discovery of near Earth objects
Author(s): Mike Lieber; Jeffrey Van Cleve; Robert Arentz; Harold Reitsema; Roger Linfield; Chuck Hardesty
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we investigate the effects of several key system parameters related to development of a space-based observatory for discovering near-earth objects (NEOs). The space-based mission is seen as complementary to ground-based observations for identifying objects with the potential to impact the Earth. A system model is developed from an articial data set of 1218 NEOs with initial orbital elements generated from a probability distribution model similar to that incorporated in the NASA NEO Science Definition Team Report. By running the model over a 7 year period, the statistics of NEO detection can be investigated as a function of changes to telescope parameters. This paper discusses the system model development of orbital models, radiometric calculations and some initial results from parameter studies on the engineering design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6675, Optical Modeling and Performance Predictions III, 66750A (25 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.734324
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Mike Lieber, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Jeffrey Van Cleve, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Robert Arentz, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Harold Reitsema, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Roger Linfield, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Chuck Hardesty, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6675:
Optical Modeling and Performance Predictions III
Mark A. Kahan, Editor(s)

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