Accession Number:

ADA167777

Title:

A Sensitive Radar Search for Small Natural Satellites of the Earth.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 15 May 83-14 Jul 85,

Corporate Author:

MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR DEPT OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

We have used radar tracking data from NORAD to perform a sensitive search for small natural satellites of the Earth. This search would be sensitive to satellites ranging from 5 cm in diameter with perigee heights 400 km to about 40 cm with perigees 10000 km. While a few unidentified objects were found, these were all near transfer orbits likely to contain debris from satellite launches. No objects that are unlikely to be manmade were seen. Keywords include Search for Natural Satellites of Earth Radar and Satellite search.

Subject Categories:

  • Celestial Mechanics
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE