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An Efficient Optical Observation Ground Network is the Fundamental basis for any Space Based Debris Observation Segment

Cibin, L. 1, Chiarini, M. 1, Annoni, G. 1, Milani, A. 1, Bernardi, F. 1, Dimare, L. 1, Valsecchi, G. 1, Rossi, A. 1, Ragazzoni, R. 1, Salinari, P.1
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Publishing year2013 PublisherESA Publishing typeConference Name of conference6th European Conference on Space Debris
Pagesn/a Volume
L. Ouwehand


A matter which is strongly debated in the SSA Community, concerns the observation of Space Debris from Space [1]. This topic has been preliminary studied by our Team for LEO, MEO and GEO orbital belts, allowing to remark a fundamental concept, residing in the fact that to be suitable to provide a functionality unavailable from ground in a cost to performance perspective, any Space Based System must operate in tight collaboration with an efficient Optical Ground Observation Network. In this work an analysis of the different functionalities which can be implemented with this approach for every orbital belt is illustrated, remarking the different achievable targets in terms of population size as a function of the observed orbits. Further, a preliminary definition of the most interesting missions scenarios, together with considerations and assessments on the observation strategy and P/L characteristics are presented.