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Laser measurements to space debris from Graz SLR station

Kirchner, Georg and Koidl, Franz and Friederich, Fabian and Buske, Ivo and Völker, Uwe and Riede, Wolfgang (2013) Laser measurements to space debris from Graz SLR station. Advances in Space Research, 51 (1), pp. 21-24. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2012.08.009 ISSN 0273-1177

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In order to test laser ranging possibilities to space debris objects, the Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Station Graz installed a frequency doubled Nd:YAG pulse laser with a 1 kHz repetition rate, a pulse width of 10 ns, and a pulse energy of 25 mJ at 532 nm (on loan from German Aerospace Center Stuttgart – DLR). We developed and built low-noise single-photon detection units to enable laser ranging to targets with inaccurate orbit predictions, and adapted our standard SLR software to include a few hundred space debris targets. With this configuration, we successfully tracked – within 13 early-evening sessions of each about 1.5 h – 85 passes of 43 different space debris targets, in distances between 600 km and up to more than 2500 km, with radar cross sections from >15 m² down to <0.3 m², and measured their distances with an average precision of about 0.7 m RMS.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/79726/
Document Type:Article
Title:Laser measurements to space debris from Graz SLR station
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Kirchner, GeorgAustrian Academy of SciencesUNSPECIFIED
Koidl, FranzAustrian Academy of SciencesUNSPECIFIED
Friederich, FabianFabian.Friederich (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Buske, IvoIvo.Buske (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Völker, UweUwe.Voelker (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Riede, Wolfgangwolfgang.riede (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Space Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.asr.2012.08.009
Page Range:pp. 21-24
Keywords:space debris, laser ranging
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Aircraft Research (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Laser Research and Technology (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics > Active Optical Systems
Deposited By: Friederich, Dr. Fabian
Deposited On:14 Dec 2012 11:05
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:27

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