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Results of SMARTnet’s First Observation Campaign covering the Geostationary Ring over the Pacific Ocean

Herzog, Johannes and Fiedler, Hauke and Hofmann, Benjamin and Frueh, Carolin and Schildknecht, Thomas (2021) Results of SMARTnet’s First Observation Campaign covering the Geostationary Ring over the Pacific Ocean. 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2021), 25.-29. Okt. 2021, Dubai, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate. ISSN 0074-1795.

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SMARTnet is conceptualised to be a worldwide network of passive-optical telescope stations. They are operated by the German Space Operations Center (GSOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), together with partners who operate their own telescope station and provide tracklets. DLR’s second telescope station is located at Mt Kent near Toowoomba in Australia. For this study, we are using its 25 cm-telescope (SMART-02-B-KENT) for survey observations, with a field of view of about 2.3°. In the stage of observation planning, we apply a classical survey strategy with two pairs of declination stripes. These stripes are at four fixed right ascension coordinates, two west of the Earth’s shadow and two east of it. The height of each stripe is set such that the geostationary ring is covered. The object detection and astrometry are performed at the station, the resulting tracklets are transferred to SMARTnet’s Backbone Catalogue of Relational Debris Information (BACARDI) algorithm suite, which includes tracklet association and orbit determination. The aim of our analysis is to display the current object population in the geostationary ring above the Pacific region. This includes the objects known in publicly available catalogues in combination with the collection of newly found objects, which are not present in such catalogues. Finally, we will identify optimisation possibilities to improve observations in the future.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/146887/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Results of SMARTnet’s First Observation Campaign covering the Geostationary Ring over the Pacific Ocean
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Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:SMARTnet, optical observation
Event Title:72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2021)
Event Location:Dubai, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:25.-29. Okt. 2021
Organizer:International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Methods for improved detection, location and tracking of orbital objects
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Deposited By: Fiedler, Dr. Hauke
Deposited On:08 Dec 2021 09:37
Last Modified:13 Dec 2021 10:01

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