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Management of radar resources for space debris tracking
Author(s): Magdalena Mendijur; Massimo Sciotti; Piermario Besso
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Paper Abstract

Tens of thousands of debris are expected in the near future in the most critical Low Earth Orbit regimes, hence representing a serious threat for European space assets. In the frame of the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Preliminary Programme of the European Space Agency, the design of a ground-based phased array radar - aimed at debris detection and tracking - has been proposed. The sensor will provide regularly new measurements of objects' orbital parameters to the cataloguing centre. Track-while-Scan survey has been proposed for efficiently covering a wide volume of the sky, whereas Active Tracking tasks might be engaged in order to improve the tracking performance on specific targets. Concepts for combining Survey/Tracking tasks and managing the radar resources are analysed in this paper against the requirements dictated by SSA collision warning services.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 May 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8385, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications V, 83850Z (24 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919186
Show Author Affiliations
Magdalena Mendijur, Callisto Ltd. (Germany)
Massimo Sciotti, European Space Operations Ctr. (Germany)
Piermario Besso, European Space Operations Ctr. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8385:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications V
Khanh D. Pham; Joseph L. Cox; Richard T. Howard; Henry Zmuda, Editor(s)

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