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24 May 2012 Management of radar resources for space debris tracking
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Tens of thousands of debris are expected in the near future in the most critical Low Earth Orbit regimes, hence representing a serious threat for European space assets. In the frame of the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Preliminary Programme of the European Space Agency, the design of a ground-based phased array radar - aimed at debris detection and tracking - has been proposed. The sensor will provide regularly new measurements of objects' orbital parameters to the cataloguing centre. Track-while-Scan survey has been proposed for efficiently covering a wide volume of the sky, whereas Active Tracking tasks might be engaged in order to improve the tracking performance on specific targets. Concepts for combining Survey/Tracking tasks and managing the radar resources are analysed in this paper against the requirements dictated by SSA collision warning services.
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Magdalena Mendijur, Massimo Sciotti, and Piermario Besso "Management of radar resources for space debris tracking", Proc. SPIE 8385, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications V, 83850Z (24 May 2012); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.919186
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