8 June 1994 In-situ measurements of the orbital debris environment utilizing the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX)
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Abstract
Space debris poses an ever-increasing hazard to the utilization of space, with the greatest perceived threat between 800 and 1200 km and at 1500 km altitude. The Midcourse Space Experiment will provide an opportunity to survey these and other high density regions of space in the infrared (IR), visible, and ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths. Concurrent observations in the IR, visible and UV will provide data sufficient to estimate debris object albedo, physical size, and some surfacematerial characteristics, in addition to a measure of spatial density as a function of altitude and inclination.
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Phillip D. Anz-Meador, Phillip D. Anz-Meador, Faith Vilas, Faith Vilas, } "In-situ measurements of the orbital debris environment utilizing the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX)", Proc. SPIE 2214, Space Instrumentation and Dual-Use Technologies, (8 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.177649; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.177649
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