Autonomous Global Sky Surveillance with Real-Time Robotic Follow-up: Night Sky Awareness through Thinking Telescopes Technology
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB KIRTLAND AFB NM DIRECTED ENERGY DIRECTORATE
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We discuss the development of prototypes for a global grid of advanced thinking sky sentinels and robotic follow-up telescopes that observe the full night sky to provide real-time monitoring of the night sky by autonomously recognizing anomalous behavior, selecting targets for detailed investigation, and making real-time, follow-up observations. The layered, fault-tolerant, network uses relatively inexpensive robotic EO sensors to provide persistent autonomous monitoring and real-time anomaly detection to enable rapid recognition and a swift response to transients as they emerge. This T3 global EO grid avoids the limitations imposed by geography and weather to provide persistent monitoring of the night sky.
- Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems