Accession Number : AD1001984


Title :   Satellite Photometric Error Determination


Descriptive Note : Conference Paper


Corporate Author : Air Force Research Laboratory Kirtland AFB United States


Personal Author(s) : Payne,Tamara E ; Castro,Philip J ; Gregory,Stephen A ; Dao,Phan


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1001984.pdf


Report Date : 18 Oct 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 16


Abstract : In this paper, we present analysis of the errors associated with optical photometry used in non-resolved object characterization for the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) community. We begin with an overview of the standard astronomical techniques used to measure the brightness of spatially unresolved objects (point source photometry) in deep space. After discussing the standard astronomical techniques, we present the application of astronomical photometry for the purposes of space object characterization. Examples of filter photometry of geosynchronous satellites processed using the current techniques are shown. Next we advocate the adoption of new techniques based on in-frame photometric calibrations enabled by newly available all-sky star catalogs that contain highly accurate photometry.


Descriptors :   photometry , image processing , space objects , geosynchronous satellites , calibration


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE