Distinguishing Active Box-Wing and Cylindrical Geostationary Satellites using IR Photometry with NASA’s WISE Spacecraft

Lee, C.H.; Seitzer, P.; Cutri, R.M.; Grillmair, C.J.; Schildknecht, Thomas; Murray-Krezan, J.J.; Bedard, D. (September 2017). Distinguishing Active Box-Wing and Cylindrical Geostationary Satellites using IR Photometry with NASA’s WISE Spacecraft. In: Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference. Curran Associates

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Over 860 observations of 245 box-wing (BW) and 18 cylindrical (C) active geostationary satellites (GEOsats) have been extracted from the thousands of resident space objects (RSOs) serendipitously detected by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). In 2010, WISE performed an all-sky infrared (IR) survey at 3.4, 4.6, 12, and 22 microns simultaneously from low Earth orbit (LEO). For GEOsats, these wavelengths are in the reflective and thermal IR regimes, and all observations were obtained near quadrature. From our unresolved IR photometry of GEOsats, we report and discuss a distinguishing characteristic between BW and C GEOsats using a unique combination of IR fluxes, along with generalizations of GEOsat photometry and colors as a whole based on our large sample size.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Astronomy

UniBE Contributor:

Schildknecht, Thomas

Subjects:

500 Science > 520 Astronomy

ISBN:

9781510852501

Publisher:

Curran Associates

Language:

English

Submitter:

Alessandro Vananti

Date Deposited:

08 Dec 2017 10:43

Last Modified:

11 Feb 2019 12:21

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BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.106983

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/106983

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