Key findings from the NEOSSat space-based SSA microsatellite mission / Robert (Lauchie) Scott, DRDC – Ottawa Research Centre, Stefan Thorsteinson, Calian Inc.: D68-11/166-2018E-PDF

"The Near-Earth Orbit Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat) is a microsatellite space telescope designed to track resident space objects and perform asteroid astronomy. Defence R&D Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency, developed NEOSSat to perform the HEOSS (High Earth Orbit Space Surveillance) Space Situational Awareness (SSA) mission and the NESS (Near Earth Space Surveillance) asteroid astronomy mission supporting research activities in the Canadian Department of National Defence and supporting Canadian astronomy. A space surveillance satellite orbiting in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) provides advantages for Canadian SSA operations. For instance, the microsatellite’s ability to observe resident space objects uninterrupted by the day-night cycle while being unaffected by terrestrial weather offers frequent tracking opportunities compared to ground-based sensors. A space-based sensor also provides the ability for Canada to monitor geosynchronous objects outside of Canadian geographic longitudes adding strategic value for Canadian SSA. In this paper, we discuss some of the key SSA lessons-learned using a microsatellite for SSA metrics, geosynchronous object characterization, and stressing orbitalenvironment factors for optical satellite tracking from LEO. NEOSSat is now beginning an expanded mission phase. A description of some of the more unique experimentation, including observations of space objects conjuncting with NEOSSat itself and high value space asset monitoring is described"--Abstract.

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Department/Agency Canada. Defence R&D Canada. Ottawa Research Centre.
Title Key findings from the NEOSSat space-based SSA microsatellite mission / Robert (Lauchie) Scott, DRDC – Ottawa Research Centre, Stefan Thorsteinson, Calian Inc.
Series title External Literature (N) ; DRDC-RDDC-2018-N166
Publication type Series - View Master Record
Language [English]
Format Electronic
Electronic document
Note(s) Title from cover.
"Can unclassified."
"October 2018."
"Date of Publication from Ext Publisher: September 2018."
"AMOS Technical Conference 2018, Maui Economic Development Board, Maui, HI."
Includes bibliographical references.
Publishing information Ottawa, Ontario : DRDC - Ottawa Research Centre, Defence Research and Development Canada, 2018.
Author / Contributor Scott, Robert(Lauchie)author.
Description 1 online resource (19 unnumbered pages) : illustrations (chiefly colour).
Catalogue number
  • D68-11/166-2018E-PDF
Subject terms Satellites
Space technology
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