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17 May 2011 Optical payload for the STARE pathfinder mission
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The Space-based Telescopes for Actionable Refinement of Ephemeris (STARE) program will collect the information needed to help satellite operators avoid collisions in space by using a network of nano-satellites to determine more accurate trajectories for selected space objects orbiting the Earth. In the first phase of the STARE program, two pathfinder cube-satellites (CubeSats) equipped with an optical imaging payload are being developed and deployed to demonstrate the main elements of the STARE concept. In this paper, we first give an overview of the STARE program. We then describe the details of the optical imaging payload for the STARE pathfinder CubeSats, including the optical design and the sensor characterization. Finally, we discuss the track detection algorithm that will be used on the images acquired by the payload.
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Lance M. Simms, Vincent Riot, Willem De Vries, Scot S. Olivier, Alex Pertica, Brian J. Bauman, Don Phillion, and Sergei Nikolaev "Optical payload for the STARE pathfinder mission", Proc. SPIE 8044, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IV, 804406 (17 May 2011);


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