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Distributions of debris as measured by the NASA-WISE instrument
Author(s): Emily Nystrom; Jeremy Murray-Krezan
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Paper Abstract

From December 2009 thru 2011 the NASA Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) gathered radiometrically exquisite measurements of debris in near Earth orbits, adding substantially to the current catalog of known debris. Assuming grey-body emissivity, the apparent size of debris objects may be inferred from that data. This report describes a general model for debris size distributed near the GEO belt. Linear and nonlinear regression models were fit to data from the WISE orbital debris catalog. Using those results we estimate the sensitivity of the instrument to detection of small debris objects near the GEO belt.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9469, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications VIII, 94690L (22 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2178212
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Emily Nystrom, Clemson Univ. (United States)
Jeremy Murray-Krezan, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9469:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications VIII
Khanh D. Pham; Genshe Chen, Editor(s)

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