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Airbus Robotic Telescope

Jens Utzmann1,Maria G. Dimitrova Vesselinova1,Oscar Rodriguez Fernandez1
Airbus Defence and Space1

Document details

Publishing year2019 PublisherESA Space Safety Programme Office Publishing typeConference Name of conference1st NEO and Debris Detection Conference
Pagesn/a Volume
T. Flohrer, R. Jehn, F. Schmitz


Airbus Robotic Telescope (ART) is Airbus’ own end-to-end capability for Space Surveillance & Tracking, performing automated optical observations of space objects from LEO to GEO.

- is a ground-based test-bed as a key enabler in the development of a future space-based system, allowing to test observation strategies and the end-to-end processing pipeline
- provides the data for SSA development activities (image processing, data analytics, tracklet correlation, orbit determination, uncertainty realism, SSA products & services)
- fosters cooperation within the SSA/SST community
- is participating sensor in measurement campaigns and activities (national, ESA, NATO, …)

A preliminary version with a 20 cm aperture ASA H8 telescope has been deployed in April 2018, while the final 40 cm aperture ASA H400 telescope has been installed in June 2018.

The paper will describe system elements and performances.