Accession Number:

ADA089823

Title:

Artificial Satellites, Minor Planets, and the ETS.

Descriptive Note:

Project rept.,

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB

Report Date:

1980-06-26

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

This report summarizes the successful modification of Lincoln Laboratorys Experimental Test System hardware and software for the detection and discrimination of asteroids rather than artificial satellites. The minor planets are found by exploiting their proper motion and the limiting magnitude is roughly brightness magnitude 17.5. The complete observing cycle, including the 2 - 3 sec. measurement of position, requires about four minutes at present. The commonality of asteroids and artificial satellite observing, searching, data reduction, orbital analysis, and lightcurve analysis is stressed. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE