31 October 2000 Use of laser radar for small space object experiments
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This report briefly reviews the development, capabilities, and current status of pulsed high-power coherent CO2 laser radar systems at the Maui Space Surveillance System (MSSS), HI, for acquisition, tracking, and sizing of orbiting objects. There are two HICLASS systems, one integrated to the 0.6 m Laser Beam Director and one just integrated Summer 2000 to the 3.7 m Advanced E-O System (AEOS). This new system takes full advantage of the large AEOS aperture to substantially improve the ladar range and sensitivity. These improvements make the AEOS HICLASS system potentially suitable for tracking and characterization experiments of small < 30 cm objects in low-earth-orbits.
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Victor H. Hasson, Francis J. Corbett, Mark A. Kovacs, Michael Groden, Daniel O. Hogenboom, Gordon L. Dryden, Richard H. Pohle, Claude R. Phipps, Deborah Werling, Stanley R. Czyzak, John D. Gonglewski, Jonathan W. Campbell, "Use of laser radar for small space object experiments", Proc. SPIE 4091, Imaging Technology and Telescopes, (31 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405796; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.405796
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