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In-situ measurements of the orbital debris environment utilizing the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX)
Author(s): Phillip D. Anz-Meador; Faith Vilas
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Paper Abstract

Space debris poses an ever-increasing hazard to the utilization of space, with the greatest perceived threat between 800 and 1200 km and at 1500 km altitude. The Midcourse Space Experiment will provide an opportunity to survey these and other high density regions of space in the infrared (IR), visible, and ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths. Concurrent observations in the IR, visible and UV will provide data sufficient to estimate debris object albedo, physical size, and some surfacematerial characteristics, in addition to a measure of spatial density as a function of altitude and inclination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2214, Space Instrumentation and Dual-Use Technologies, (8 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.177649
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Phillip D. Anz-Meador, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. (United States)
Faith Vilas, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2214:
Space Instrumentation and Dual-Use Technologies
Firooz A. Allahdadi; Michael Chrisp; Concetto R. Giuliano; W. Pete Latham; James F. Shanley, Editor(s)

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