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Next-generation Space Object Radar Tracking Simulator: SORTS++

Daniel Kastinen1,Juha Vierinen2,Johan Kero1,Sebastian Hesselbach3,Christopher Kebschull3, Tom Grydeland4,Derek Mckay2,Holger Krag5
Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF)1The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)2Institute of Space Systems TU Braunschweig (TU-BS)3Northern Research Institute (NORUT)4ESA ESOC Space Debris Office5

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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


We describe the software toolbox SORTS++ which is the next-generation Space Object Radar Tracking Simulator (SORTS). This toolbox is able to simulate general Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) applications from catalogue maintenance to cold-start performance for radar systems or collections of radar systems. We have applied this toolbox to the EISCAT 3D radar system, currently under construction, to optimize observation strategies and predict the SST capabilities of the system. We present the final results of this study and illustrate the versatility and capability of the developed toolbox.