Progress on the Study for the Use of Long-Range Radars for Space Situational Awareness

Sonia Tomei, Luca Gentile, Elisa Giusti, Marco Martorella, Sandro Strappaveccia, Domenico Vigilante, Luca Timmoneri, Alfonso Farina

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In [1] the authors describe the results achieved in an experimental test conducted with the Leonardo RAT (Radar Avvistamento Terrestre) 31DL long range radar in December 2014 - January 2015 to test the capability of the radar to detect and track Low Earth Orbit (L EO) satellites with an external cue command derived by the NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Two Line Elements (TLE). After that experimental trials, a research activity was organized by Leonardo spa and RASSCNIT (Radar and Surveillance System - National Inter universitary Consortium for Telecommunications) with the following main goals: (i) propose new signal and data processing approaches to improve the radar performance and (ii) predict performance obtainable with the network of RAT 31 DL currently deployed on the Italian territory, so demonstrating a dual use capability of radars primarily employed for aerial surveillance. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the capability in the SST (Space Surveillance and Tracking) scenario of such a network, in particular demonstrating the advantages in terms of coverage maps and accurate or bit determination when using a sensor network. The results are based on simulated data obtained with a simulation tool developed by CNIT RASS, able to analyse different scenarios and or bits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarConf 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Electronic)9781728189420
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2020
Event2020 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarConf 2020 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 21 Sept 202025 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE National Radar Conference - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1097-5659


Conference2020 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarConf 2020

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  • Long Range Radar
  • Space Debris
  • Space Situational Awareness
  • Space Surveillance Network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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