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A Fortran Program for Deep Space Sensor Analysis.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The deep space satellite tracking network presently in operation is not capable of providing enough observations to monitor all deep space satellites at optimum levels currency. The major reason for this deficiency is the reliance upon the five GEODSS sensors for the bulk of the observation. Although only three of the five sites are presently in operation, the three in operation are only capable of providing 40 of their maximum tracking capacities. Because the GEODSS sensors are optical, they are limited to operation only during darkness and clear skies. If we assume that this 40 of maximum is to continue, the addition of the last two GEODSS sensors will only maintain the present capabilities since the Baker-Nunn cameras are scheduled to be shut down when the last two GEODSS sites are operational. This thesis developed a computer program, using FORTRAN-77, as a tool for the above analysis. The program uses as inputs the distribution of synchronous satellites, total deep space satellite size, sensor locations and sensor visibility limits. The program determines the number of satellites visible to each individual sensor, the number of tracks required for each sensor, identifies areas of overlapping coverage between adjacent sensors, and the number of satellites within the areas of overlapping coverage. Originator supplied keywords include Radars.
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