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Aperture synthesis imaging of colored GEO objects
Author(s): John Young; Christopher Haniff; David Buscher; Tanish Satoor; Matthew Le Maître; Michelle Creech-Eakman; Ifan Payne
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Paper Abstract

Interferometry provides the only practicable way to image satellites in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) with sub-meter resolution. The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI) is being funded by the US Air Force Research Laboratory to deploy the central three unit telescopes in order to demonstrate the sensitivity and baseline-bootstrapping capability needed to observe GEO targets. In parallel, we are investigating the resolution and imaging fidelity that is achievable with larger numbers of telescopes. We present imaging simulations with 7- and 10- telescope deployments of the MROI, and characterize the impact of realistic spectral variations compared with a “gray” satellite.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10701, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI, 107012F (9 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313231
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John Young, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Christopher Haniff, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
David Buscher, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Tanish Satoor, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Matthew Le Maître, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Michelle Creech-Eakman, Magdalena Ridge Observatory, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Ifan Payne, Magdalena Ridge Observatory, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10701:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI
Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Peter G. Tuthill; Antoine Mérand, Editor(s)

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