Accession Number:

ADA048046

Title:

The Canadian Forces/NORAD Satellite Identification Sensor at St. Margarets.

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept. Sep 75-Aug 77,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE AVIONICS LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

A new operational surveillance sensor has been established by NORADADCOM for an electro-optical identification of orbiting spacecraft. The Space Object Identification SOI System utilizes the original R and D sensor, reengineered by AFAL to simplify and automate many of its functions. It has been located in the Maritime Provinces in Eastern Canada, operated by the Canadian Forces Air Command. The automation of the test-bed sensor included a novel hybrid control computer, a microprocessor for data logging and recording, timing control of all operational functions including computer cycling by an atomic standard and use of celestial reference sources for self-calibration of both the pointing command system and the target signature system. Using existing hardware with special interfaces and software has reduced significantly the cost and acquisition time of this first on-line system. The Canadian optical SOI sensor is described as placed into operation at the Satellite Identification and tracking unit SITU at St. Margarets, New Brunswick.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Hardware
  • Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE