Accession Number : AD0828702

Title :   OCEAN SURFACE TRAFFIC SURVEILLANCE FROM SATELLITES - CONSIDERATIONS WITH RESPECT TO IMPORT SURVEILLANCE.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 May 66-31 Jan 67,

Corporate Author : MITHRAS CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s) : Roberts, Arthur C. S.

Report Date : APR 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : The report investigates some of the areas bearing on the feasibility of satellite surveillance of ships in port. Background conditions in a particular port as influenced by water temperature and the presence of a variety of shore based installations are considered. Particular attention is paid to relative severity of the cloud cover to be expected in some of the major shipping harbors of the world and over the open ocean. It was found in general that viewing conditions are better over the open ocean than they are in ports at comparable latitudes. The seasonal aspects of ocean surface transportation were considered. The distribution of surface ship traffic is affected by the freezing of ports and by seasonal variations in shipments of various commodities such as lumber, ore, grains, and petroleum. A discussion of the possible types of electro-optical equipment required for inport surveillance by satellite is also presented. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITES, OCEAN SURVEILLANCE), (*WATER TRAFFIC, INFRARED TRACKING), SHIPS, INFRARED EQUIPMENT, CLOUD COVER, HARBORS, TEMPERATURE, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, PERIODIC VARIATIONS, WEATHER, DETECTION, FREEZING, MAPS, TABLES(DATA), BACKGROUND.

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Military Intelligence
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE