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Preliminary concept of a space-based radar for detecting mm-size space debris

 
: Cerutti-Maori, Delphine; Rosebrock, Jens; Maouloud, I.O.; Leushacke, Ludger; Krag, Holger

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Flohrer, T. ; European Space Agency -ESA-, Paris:
7th European Conference on Space Debris 2017. Proceedings. Online resource : Darmstadt, Germany, 18-21 April 2017
Noordwijk: ESA, 2017 (ESA SD Vol.7, Nr.1)
https://conference.sdo.esoc.esa.int/proceedings/list
Paper 691, 12 S.
European Conference on Space Debris <7, 2017, Darmstadt>
Englisch
Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer FHR ()

Abstract
Presently, there exists very little knowledge about the density and distribution of space debris of the size of a few millimeters. The reason is that ground-based systems are not sensitive enough to detect such small objects. Space-based radars have the potential through in situ measurements to validate or discard the current space debris models and to help filling this knowledge gap. This paper presents a preliminary design of a space-based radar for detecting mm-size space debris and discusses the potentials and limitations of such a concept.

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