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On the Study of the Space Environment: A Test-Bed Configuration

Ruiz, V. 1, Alvarez, P. 1, Bares, P. 1, Barreiro, F. 1, Castillo, M. 1, Doubek, J. 1, Fors, O. 1, Ibarra, A. 1, Nunez, J. 1, Montojo, F. J. 1, Ocana, F. 1, Ponz, D. 1, Puerta, J. M. 1, Pulido, R. 1, Racero, E. 1, Sanchez, M.1
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Publishing year2013 PublisherESA Publishing typeConference Name of conference6th European Conference on Space Debris
Pagesn/a Volume
L. Ouwehand


In the context of the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme of ESA, it is foreseen to deploy several large robotic telescopes in remote locations to provide surveillance and tracking services for man-made as well as natural near-Earth objects (NEOs). The present project will implement a test-bed for the validation of an autonomous optical observing system in a realistic scenario, consisting of two telescopes located in Spain and Australia, to collect representative test data for precursor SSA services. It is foreseen that this test-bed environment will be used to validate future prototype software systems as well as to evaluate remote monitoring and control techniques. The test-bed system will be capable to deliver astrometric and photometric data of the observed objects in near real-time. This contribution describes the current status of the project.