Accession Number : ADA269254

Title :   Space Debris Detection.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 7 Mar 91-6 Nov 92,

Corporate Author : KEO CONSULTANTS BROOKLINE MA

Personal Author(s) : Eather, Robert H.

Report Date : 23 DEC 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : A feasibility study on the possibility of detecting < or = 10 cm space debris using a large-aperture ground-based telescope (with an intensified CCD detector) was completed, showing that detection should be possible. A detector system was designed and built, and installed on the 2.54 m WRDC telescope at Wright Patterson AFB. Bad seeing conditions in the Dayton area prevented the expected debris detection. Subsequently a small 40 cm telescope was built and operated from the Haystack Observatory (Groton, MA). Known objects were used to test pointing and acquisition procedures, and the system was then shipped to Rattlesnake Observatory (Richland, WA) for participation in the ODERACS debris calibration experiment from the Space Shuttle. This experiment failed, and our instrument has been stored at Rattlesnake in anticipation of a new ODERACs flight in late 1993.

Descriptors :   *CHARGE COUPLED DEVICES, *OPTICAL DETECTION, *SPACECRAFT DEBRIS, DETECTORS, DEBRIS, SCIENTIFIC SATELLITES, SPACE SHUTTLES, SPACECRAFT, GROUND BASED, RADAR, IMAGES, IMAGE PROCESSING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, PROTONS, ELECTRONS, TELESCOPES, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, OPTICAL IMAGES.

Subject Categories : Optical Detection and Detectors
      Astronautics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE