Accession Number : AD0698493

Title :   A PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDY OF APOLLO 9,

Corporate Author : MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR INST OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Parsons,Wayne ; Heath,Joseph

Report Date : DEC 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : An experiment was conducted at the Mount Haleakala Observatory to obtain high-quality photographs of the Apollo 9 spacecraft in low earth orbit. Photographs of the Command and Service Module (CSM) and separate photographs of the Lunar Module (LM) were successfully obtained during tracking of Apollo 9 on the mornings of March 12 and 13, 1969. These photographs demonstrate the performance of the high-resolution photographic (HRP) system associated with the 60-in. aperture telescope at this observatory. The acquisition and tracking problems that a fast target such as the Apollo 9 CSM presents, and the solutions to these problems will be of interest to others contemplating a similar effort. This report presents a description of this experiment and an analysis of the results. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MANNED SPACECRAFT, OPTICAL TRACKING), (*SATELLITE TRACKING SYSTEMS, *PHOTOGRAPHY), LOW ORBIT TRAJECTORIES, TARGET ACQUISITION, TRACKING, MISSION PROFILES, TRACKING TELESCOPES, PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORDING SYSTEMS, DATA PROCESSING, PHOTOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS

Subject Categories : Photography
      Optical Detection and Detectors
      Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE