Accession Number:

ADA034644

Title:

Observing Artificial Satellites

Descriptive Note:

Project rept.

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-10-08

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

This report describes a technique that can be used to derive the penalty paid, in terms of increased apparent magnitude, for not observing artificial satellites at their maximum diffuse brightness. The procedure is applied here to the simple case of geostationary right-circular cylinders. We find that if these satellites at their brightest are 0.5 magnitude brighter than the system limit, then approx. 63 percent of all such satellites within 60 degrees of the GEODSS ETS will never be visible.

Subject Categories:

  • Optical Detection and Detectors
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE