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19 January 2012 Space-based telescopes for actionable refinement of ephemeris pathfinder mission
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The Space-based Telescopes for Actionable Refinement of Ephemeris (STARE) program will collect the information needed to help satellite operators avoid collisions in space by using a network of nanosatellites to determine more accurate trajectories for selected space objects orbiting the Earth. In the first phase of the STARE program, two pathfinder cube-satellites (CubeSats) equipped with an optical imaging payload are being developed and deployed to demonstrate the main elements of the STARE concept. We first give an overview of the STARE program. The details of the optical imaging payload for the STARE pathfinder CubeSats are then described, followed by a description of the track detection algorithm that will be used on the images it acquires. Finally, simulation results that highlight the effectiveness of the mission are presented.
© 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) 0091-3286/2012/$25.00 © 2012 SPIE
Lance M. Simms, Willem H. De Vries, Vincent J. Riot, Scot S. Olivier, Alexander J. Pertica, Brian J. Bauman, Donald W. Phillion, and Sergei Nikolaev "Space-based telescopes for actionable refinement of ephemeris pathfinder mission," Optical Engineering 51(1), 011004 (19 January 2012).
Published: 19 January 2012


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