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Optical observations of the orbital debris environment
Author(s): Paul W. Kervin; John L. Africano; Shiao Didi Kuo; John V. Lambert; Robert S. Medrano; Kenneth E. Kissell
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Paper Abstract

The Air Force Phillips Laboratory (PL) is tasked by Air Force Space Command to characterize the orbital debris environment. Part of this task is to search for and detect debris using the optical facilities at the PL Air Force Maui Optical Station (AMOS), which is located at the Maui Space Surveillance Site (MSSS). The goals of the program are discussed, with emphasis on the detection program. This includes telescopes and sensors available, how they are used, and handoffs from one sensor to another. Results of this correlation, as well as conclusions on the orbital debris environment, are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1951, Space Debris Detection and Mitigation, (15 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.156551
Show Author Affiliations
Paul W. Kervin, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
John L. Africano, Rockwell International Corp. (United States)
Shiao Didi Kuo, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
John V. Lambert, Rockwell International Corp. (United States)
Robert S. Medrano, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Kenneth E. Kissell, Rockwell Power Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1951:
Space Debris Detection and Mitigation
Firooz A. Allahdadi, Editor(s)

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