publication . Article . 2008

Identification of a debris cloud from the nuclear powered SNAPSHOT satellite with haystack radar measurements

C.L. Stokely; E.G. Stansbery;
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  • Published: 31 Dec 2008 Journal: Advances in Space Research, volume 41, pages 1,004-1,009 (issn: 0273-1177, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract Data from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory Long Range Imaging Radar (known as the Haystack radar) have been used in the past to examine families of objects from individual satellite breakups or families of orbiting objects that can be isolated in altitude and inclination. This is possible because, for some time after a breakup, the debris cloud of particles can remain grouped together in similar orbit planes. This cloud will be visible to the radar, in fixed staring mode, for a short time twice each day, as the orbit plane moves through the field of view. There should be a unique three-dimensional pattern in observation time,...
arXiv: Astrophysics::Earth and Planetary AstrophysicsPhysics::Space Physics
free text keywords: Circular orbit, Satellite, Radar, law.invention, law, Haystack, Space debris, Radar imaging, Remote sensing, Geology, Debris, United States Space Surveillance Network
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