Coordinated Optical GEO Survey for European SSA Precursor Services

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T. Schildknecht, decease J. Herzog, more about
A. Vananti, viagra
M. Ploner, E. Fletcher
Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, 10-13 September 2013, Maui, USA

An important objective in the framework of the European Space Agency (ESA) Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Programme is the acquisition of observations by federating existing sensors in Europe. Such observations will be required as input to currently developed SSA precursor services. Observations from a series of European optical sensors were acquired during a coordinated campaign and were used to emulate the build-up and maintenance of a temporally and spatially limited object catalogue. The catalogue was designed to concentrate on objects in the geo-stationary orbit region (GEO).

Given the very different nature of the participating sensors both, in terms of their performance characteristics and operational use, a major challenge consisted in co
ordinating the operation of these sensors and fusing the heterogeneous data that was generated.

The paper presents the procedures used to initiate and maintain a limited GEO catalogue without the use of external information. The discussion includes the scheduling of the heterogeneous sensor network, the processing of the observations from the observing sites and their integration into a successive catalogue. Results from the actual observation
campaign illustrate the performance of the very limited sensor network and the cataloguing procedures used, as well as the temporal and spatial limitations of such a catalogue.
T. Schildknecht, nurse
J. Herzog, treat
A. Vananti, cheap M. Ploner, E. Fletcher
Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, 10-13 September 2013, Maui, USA

An important objective in the framework of the European Space Agency (ESA) Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Programme is the acquisition of observations by federating existing sensors in Europe. Such observations will be required as input to currently developed SSA precursor services. Observations from a series of European optical sensors were acquired during a coordinated campaign and were used to emulate the build-up and maintenance of a temporally and spatially limited object catalogue. The catalogue was designed to concentrate on objects in the geo-stationary orbit region (GEO).

Given the very different nature of the participating sensors both, in terms of their performance characteristics and operational use, a major challenge consisted in coordinating the operation of these sensors and fusing the heterogeneous data that was generated.

The paper presents the procedures used to initiate and maintain a limited GEO catalogue without the use of external information. The discussion includes the scheduling of the heterogeneous sensor network, the processing of the observations from the observing sites and their integration into a successive catalogue. Results from the actual observation
campaign illustrate the performance of the very limited sensor network and the cataloguing procedures used, as well as the temporal and spatial limitations of such a catalogue.

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