2 May 2018 Adaption from LWIR to visible wavebands of methods to describe the population of GEO belt debris
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Prior efforts to characterize the number of GEO belt debris objects by statistically analyzing the distribution of debris as a function of size have relied on techniques unique to infrared measurements of the debris. Specifically the infrared measurement techniques permitted inference of the characteristic size of the debris. This report describes a method to adapt the previous techniques and measurements to visible wavebands. Results will be presented using data from a NASA optical, visible band survey of objects near the geosynchronous orbit, GEO belt. This survey used the University of Michigan's 0.6-m Curtis-Schmidt telescope, Michigan Orbital DEbris Survey Telescope (MODEST), located at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. The system is equipped with a scanning CCD with a field of view of 1.6°×1.6°, and can detect objects smaller than 20 cm diameter at GEO.
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Kevin Meng, Kevin Meng, Jeremy Murray-Krezan, Jeremy Murray-Krezan, Patrick Seitzer, Patrick Seitzer, } "Adaption from LWIR to visible wavebands of methods to describe the population of GEO belt debris ", Proc. SPIE 10641, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XI, 106410A (2 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2304694; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2304694
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