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On the Use of Long-Range Radars for Space Situational Awareness: An Experimental Test

Vigilante, D. 1, Farina, A. 1, Feudo, F. 1, Pagliai, S. 1, Petrucci, R. 1, Timmoneri, L.1
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Publishing year2013 PublisherESA Publishing typeConference Name of conference6th European Conference on Space Debris
Pagesn/a Volume
L. Ouwehand


This paper reports on the results achieved in an experimental test conducted with the Selex ES RAT (Radar Avvistamento Terrestre) 31DL/M long range radar in February 2012. The objective of the test was to determine the capability of the radar of detecting and tracking Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites without modifications of the sensor hardware or software. The test have been prepared and conducted in the frame of the Company initiatives dedicated to the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) program and in particular for the development of a dual-use function for the detection and tracking of space or orbital debris.