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Optical payload for the STARE pathfinder mission
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Paper Abstract

The Space-based Telescopes for Actionable Refinement of Ephemeris (STARE) program will collect the information needed to help satellite operators avoid collisions in space by using a network of nano-satellites to determine more accurate trajectories for selected space objects orbiting the Earth. In the first phase of the STARE program, two pathfinder cube-satellites (CubeSats) equipped with an optical imaging payload are being developed and deployed to demonstrate the main elements of the STARE concept. In this paper, we first give an overview of the STARE program. We then describe the details of the optical imaging payload for the STARE pathfinder CubeSats, including the optical design and the sensor characterization. Finally, we discuss the track detection algorithm that will be used on the images acquired by the payload.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2011
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8044, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IV, 804406 (17 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.882791
Show Author Affiliations
Lance M. Simms, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Vincent Riot, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Willem De Vries, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Scot S. Olivier, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Alex Pertica, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Brian J. Bauman, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Don Phillion, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Sergei Nikolaev, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8044:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IV
Khanh D. Pham; Henry Zmuda; Joseph Lee Cox; Greg J. Meyer, Editor(s)

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