Accession Number:

AD0785380

Title:

Visible Magnitude of Typical Satellites in Synchronous Orbits

Descriptive Note:

Technical note

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-09-06

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

Expressions for the visibility, in terms of visible magnitude, of resident space objects are presented in this report. The variations of the visible magnitude with the geometry of the viewing situation, considering variables such as distance, surface type and reflectivity, viewing angles, and spacecraft orientation, are discussed. Calculations of the visible magnitude to be expected and some of the variations are then made for typical satellites in synchronous orbits. Finally, calculations of the maximum visible magnitudes for several satellites, with a collection of the available data and some photographs are presented in an appendix. This work is related to the Telescope Detection and Ranging TDAR Program.

Subject Categories:

  • Unmanned Spacecraft
  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE