Accession Number:

ADA043631

Title:

Night-Sky Astronomical Conditions at the GEODSS ETS from August 1975 to March 1977.

Descriptive Note:

Project rept.

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-06-21

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

Night-sky brightness, atmospheric extinction, image stability, and cloud cover have been monitored at the GEODSS Experimental Test System, located on the White Sands Missile Range, N. M., since August 1975. These quantities were monitored because the ability of an electro-optical sensor--particularly one which is photon-noise limited--to detect a satellite is a function of them. The results of the measurements of these quantities up through March 1977 are tabulated in this note, accompanied by an explanation of their meaning, and the measurement techniques used.

Subject Categories:

  • Astronomy
  • Meteorology
  • Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE