An End-to-End Process for Local Space Situational Awareness from Optical Observers

David Zuehlke, Troy Henderson, T. Alan Lowell, and Alex Sizemore

Abstract: This paper presents a generalized method of observation, association, and orbit determination of space objects from one or more observers equipped with optical cameras. The basic steps in the process include image acquisition, image processing, space object identification, tracklet association, and initial and/or precise orbit determination. The first portion of this process is detailed herein (to include object identification), and results are shown and evaluated for representative scenarios. Scenarios presented utilize ground-based optical imagery as a proof of concept for the method outlined.
Published in: 2020 IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS)
April 20 - 23, 2020
Hilton Portland Downtown
Portland, Oregon
Pages: 1547 - 1555
Cite this article: Zuehlke, David, Henderson, Troy, Lowell, T. Alan, Sizemore, Alex, "An End-to-End Process for Local Space Situational Awareness from Optical Observers," 2020 IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS), Portland, Oregon, April 2020, pp. 1547-1555.
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