PlumeSat: A Micro-Satellite Based Plume Imagery Collection Experiment

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This paper describes a technical approach to cost-effectively collect plume imagery of boosting targets using a novel micro-satellite based platform operating in low earth orbit (LEO). The plume collection Micro-satellite or PlueSat for short, will be capable of carrying an array of multi-spectral (UV through LWIR) passive and active (Imaging LADAR) sensors and maneuvering with a lateral divert propulsion system to different observation altitudes (100 to 300 km) and different closing geometries to achieve a range of aspect angles (15 to 60 degrees) in order to simulate a variety of boost phase intercept missions. The PlumeSat will be a cost ... continued below

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Ledebuhr, A.G. & Ng, L.C. June 30, 2002.

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This paper describes a technical approach to cost-effectively collect plume imagery of boosting targets using a novel micro-satellite based platform operating in low earth orbit (LEO). The plume collection Micro-satellite or PlueSat for short, will be capable of carrying an array of multi-spectral (UV through LWIR) passive and active (Imaging LADAR) sensors and maneuvering with a lateral divert propulsion system to different observation altitudes (100 to 300 km) and different closing geometries to achieve a range of aspect angles (15 to 60 degrees) in order to simulate a variety of boost phase intercept missions. The PlumeSat will be a cost effective platform to collect boost phase plume imagery from within 1 to 10 km ranges, resulting in 0.1 to 1 meter resolution imagery of a variety of potential target missiles with a goal of demonstrating reliable plume-to-hardbody handover algorithms for future boost phase intercept missions. Once deployed on orbit, the PlumeSat would perform a series phenomenology collection experiments until expends its on-board propellants. The baseline PlumeSat concept is sized to provide from 5 to 7 separate fly by data collects of boosting targets. The total number of data collects will depend on the orbital basing altitude and the accuracy in delivering the boosting target vehicle to the nominal PlumeSat fly-by volume.

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  • 11th Annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics/Missile Defense Agency Technology Conference and Exhibit, Monterey, CA (US), 07/29/2002--08/02/2002

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  • Report No.: UCRL-JC-148989
  • Grant Number: W-7405-Eng-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 803175
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc742025

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Ledebuhr, A.G. & Ng, L.C. PlumeSat: A Micro-Satellite Based Plume Imagery Collection Experiment, article, June 30, 2002; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc742025/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.