Determination of Attitude and Attitude Motion of Space Debris, Using Laser Ranging and Single-Photon Light Curve Data

Kirchner, G.; Steindorfer, M.; Wang, P.; Koidl, F.; Kucharski, D.; Silha, Jiri; Schildknecht, Thomas; Krag, H.; Flohrer, T. (April 2017). Determination of Attitude and Attitude Motion of Space Debris, Using Laser Ranging and Single-Photon Light Curve Data. In: 7th European Conference on Space Debris. Darmstadt, Germany. 18 - 21 April 2017.

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The ESA project ‘Debris Attitude Motion Measurements and Modeling’ aims to determine spin parameters–like spin period, spin axis orientation, and their evolution during time–using laser ranging, passive optical methods, and radar. This contribution will address the setup, operation and performance of the Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Station Graz, and how Graz data contributes to precise determination of attitude and attitude motion of debris targets, using both laser ranging to cooperative debris targets (usually defunct satellites with retro-reflectors) and single-photon light curve recording (also to uncooperative targets: debris without any retro-reflectors). The target sizes varies from small–e.g. cube sats–up to large targets like Envisat, in distances from a few 100 km (LEO) up to geostationary orbits (GEO), and with spin periods from a few seconds up to several 100 seconds.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Astronomy

UniBE Contributor:

Silha, Jiri and Schildknecht, Thomas

Subjects:

500 Science > 520 Astronomy

Language:

English

Submitter:

Alessandro Vananti

Date Deposited:

08 Dec 2017 10:29

Last Modified:

11 Feb 2019 12:59

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.106925

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/106925

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