RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Wednesday, 03 May 2017, 11:30-11:50; Duffield Lecture Theatre

Leif Humbert


There is a growing interest in the development of ground station technology for catalogue maintenance or ad-hoc measurements of orbital objects like space debris or satellites for initial orbit prediction. Optical methods are providing efficient solutions for space situational surveillance in order to support catalogue maintenance. The Institute of Technical Physics already operates a laser ranging station with a fiber-based laser transmitter and another transportable one built in a 20 ft ISO container which is in progress. The setup of both stations will be briefly presented. Furthermore the exploitation of the ranging data which can contain not only the slant range but also information about the dimension and rotation of an orbital object is discussed in this work.