31 October 2000 U.S./Russian microsatellite for calibration of active ground-based optical collectors
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A micro-satellite, designed to aid ground-based laser imaging, ranging, and sensing systems as a calibration target, has been constructed and is scheduled to be launched in the fall of 2000. This low-earth orbit satellite carries a set of retro- reflectors (for visible and near-infrared wavelengths) that present a spatially extended target to sites on the ground. Several of the reflectors also impart a polarization signature to the reflected laser light. This paper discusses the specifications of the retro-reflectors, positioning of the reflectors on the satellite structure, passive control of the vehicle orientation, and ground-pattern characteristics of the reflected light.
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David G. Voelz, David G. Voelz, Jerry J. Sellers, Jerry J. Sellers, Stephen A. Hanes, Stephen A. Hanes, James R. Rotge, James R. Rotge, Victor D. Shargorodsky, Victor D. Shargorodsky, Valeriy V. Shevchenko, Valeriy V. Shevchenko, Vladimir P. Vasiliev, Vladimir P. Vasiliev, V. A. Burmistov, V. A. Burmistov, } "U.S./Russian microsatellite for calibration of active ground-based optical collectors", Proc. SPIE 4091, Imaging Technology and Telescopes, (31 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405786; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.405786

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