Orbital debris characterization: ETS staring survey

D. M. Gibson, E. C. Pearce, M. S. Blythe, P. J. Trujillo

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As part ofAir Force Phillips Laboratory's Space Debris Program, MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Experimental Test System has conducted three separate types of surveys to detect small uncataloged debris. In addition, follow-up metric and photometric observations have also been made. The goal of these observations is to characterize the low earth space debris environment down to sizes of 1 cm. The dual telescope staring survey, conducted in 1990, employed stereo (parallactic) viewing to enable estimates of the target altitudes to be determined. We will describe the stereo survey techniques, a pipeline image processor to reduce the video tapes, and our plans for data analyses. We will also present a brief overview of the program results to date, emphasizing extensive observations of two small optically detected debris.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-20
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Sep 15 1993
Externally publishedYes
EventSpace Debris Detection and Mitigation 1993 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Apr 11 1993Apr 16 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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