Accession Number : ADP002158

Title :   Optimization of Satellite Orbital Parameters for Oceanic Surveillance,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE OTTAWA (ONTARIO)

Personal Author(s) : Deslauriers,E.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : This paper examines the tradeoffs in orbital parameters and the geometric relationships involved in satellite surveillance of ocean areas. For illustrative purposes synthetic aperture radar (SAR) has been used as the sensor, hence some discussion of the sensor characteristics is included as well as orbital considerations, power requirements and data processing. Assuming that a target is detectable with SAR, this paper concludes that a single SAR satellite with optimum orbital parameters provides a high probability of detection of a target transitting in a given coverage area. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Reconnaissance satellites, *Ocean surveillance, Target detection, Optimization, Synthetic aperture radar, Orbits, Parameters

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE