Tracking Space Debris With a Single Camera System via Gauss’s Method

McKinney, Wade (2014) Tracking Space Debris With a Single Camera System via Gauss’s Method. [Abstract]

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    Abstract

    Mankind has just over 1,000 operational satellites in orbit around the earth. Aside from those, people are tracking 15,000 chunks of space debris in orbit about the earth. There is an estimated 500,000 marble size or larger chunks of space debris in orbit about the earth, that are moving at roughly 20,000 mph. These operational satellites are vital to our modern economy, so it is essential that we can track all the space debris possible, in order to avoid catastrophic collisions. My senior research project explored the feasibility, of a simple, single camera system, as a means to track space debris and uniquely define the debris’ orbit via Gauss’s method.

    Item Type: Abstract
    Created by Student or Faculty: Student
    Subjects: Undergrad Research Symposium
    Undergrad Research Symposium > Physics
    Depositing User: Wade McKinney
    Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 16:05
    Last Modified: 25 Apr 2014 09:37
    URI: http://fortworks.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/553


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