Artificial Satellites, Minor Planets, and the ETS.
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB
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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
- Optical Detection and Detectors