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Precision Tracking Of Low-Earth Objects With A Modified Astronomical Mount
Author(s): D. M. Gibson; M. P. Manke; P. J. Trujillo; F. Shelly; D. E. Beatty; A. W. Healy; J. A. Johnson; J. Mauth; L. Ramzel
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Paper Abstract

A Boiler & Chivens astronomical mount has been modified and upgraded to enable precision, tracking of near-earth objects. A. two-step process is employed: 1) ephemeris-based pointing to bring the object in or near the telescope field-of-view, and 2) automatic, video tracking (AVT) to "grab" and center the object. Tracking rates, in excess of 3°/s in each coordinate have been achieved. When operated in the AVT mode, observed pointing errors, even at the above rates, rarely exceed 1 pixel (2 - 5 arcsec).

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 1989
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1111, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing III, (26 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.977996
Show Author Affiliations
D. M. Gibson, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (United States)
M. P. Manke, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (United States)
P. J. Trujillo, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (United States)
F. Shelly, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (United States)
D. E. Beatty, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (United States)
A. W. Healy, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (United States)
J. A. Johnson, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (United States)
J. Mauth, Manpower, Inc., MIT/LL-ETS (United States)
L. Ramzel, Manpower, Inc., MIT/LL-ETS (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1111:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing III
Sankaran Gowrinathan, Editor(s)

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