31 October 2000 Historical overview of optical space object identification
Author Affiliations +
Beginning with the launch of Sputnik in 1957, the United States Air Force has actively pursued the development and application of optical sensor technology for the detection, tracking, and monitoring of artificial satellites. Until the mid-1980s, these activities were conducted within various Air Force Research and development agencies which supplied data to the operational components on a 'contributing' basis. This paper traces the early evolution of the optical space surveillance technologies from the experimental sensors into the current operationally deployed systems. The contributions of the participating organizations and facilities is reviewed with special emphasis on the development of techniques for the identification and monitoring of spacecraft using optical imagery and signatures.
© (2000) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
John V. Lambert, John V. Lambert, Kenneth E. Kissell, Kenneth E. Kissell, "Historical overview of optical space object identification", Proc. SPIE 4091, Imaging Technology and Telescopes, (31 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405772; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.405772

Back to Top