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Optimal constellation design of low earth orbit (LEO) EO/IR sensor platforms for space situational awareness
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Paper Abstract

Constellations of EO/IR space based sensors can be extremely valuable for space situational awareness. In this paper, we present trade-off analysis and comparisons of different Low Earth Orbit (LEO) EO/IR sensor platform constellations for space situational awareness tasks. These tasks include early observation of changing events, and localization and tracking of changing LEO orbits. We derive methods and metrics for evaluation, testing, and comparisons of different sensor constellations based on realistic models and computationally efficient methods for simulating realistic scenarios.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7330, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications III, 73300T (6 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818304
Show Author Affiliations
A. Zatezalo, Scientific Systems Co., Inc. (United States)
A. El-Fallah, Scientific Systems Co., Inc. (United States)
R. Mahler, Lockheed Martin Corp. (United States)
R. K. Mehra, Scientific Systems Co., Inc. (United States)
K. Pham, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7330:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications III
Joseph L. Cox; Pejmun Motaghedi, Editor(s)

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