Accession Number : ADA334920

Title :   Performance Characteristics of a Retroreflector Array Optimized for LEO Spacecraft

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC ADVANCED SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY BRANCH

Personal Author(s) : Gilbreath, G. C. ; Rolsma, Peter B. ; Kessel, Robert ; Patterson, Robert B. ; Georges, James A., III

PDF Url : ADA334920

Report Date : 31 DEC 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 71

Abstract : This report presents a predicted link analysis for the operational characteristics of a retroreflector array designed, built, and space-qualified by the Naval Research Laboratory for Low Earth Orbiting spacecraft. The predictions rest on the combination of numerical analysis and direct laboratory measurements of the retroreflector array's optical properties. The report also describes the assumptions we used for link analysis as they pertain to passes over Midway Research Center. The report includes a description and photo of the array itself, as well as the test and levels used to space qualify the array.

Descriptors :   *RETROREFLECTORS, *LASER APPLICATIONS, *ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, OPTICAL RADAR, EARTH ORBITS, LOW ORBIT TRAJECTORIES, LASER BEAMS, RADAR CROSS SECTIONS, RANGE FINDING, DIFFRACTION ANALYSIS, CIRCULAR ORBITS.

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers
      Optical Detection and Detectors
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE