Enabling orbit determination of space debris using narrowband radar

Mauro Grassi, Ediz Cetin, Andrew G. Dempster

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A conceptual radar platform design for detecting space debris down to 1 cm in diameter is presented for space situational awareness. Using known imaging algorithms, we show it is possible to overcome the problems associated with the typically small radar cross sections to yield a radar-attributable vector. Given the latter, the problem of matching the observation to a unique piece of debris is tackled independently of the imaging, or the detection, problem.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7126178
Pages (from-to)1231-1240
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes

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