Size estimation of space debris models from their RCS measured in anechoic chamber

S. Ghio, M. Martorella

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Space debris characterization is becoming increasingly important in the framework of Space Situational Awarenees (SSA). In fact, the uncontrolled multiplication of orbital debris has been statistically quantified around 130 million objects. It is therefore instrumental to take actions to protect operational spacecraft and human activities in space. Since years, NASA has been working to this end and has developed an RCS-to-size mapping function, known as Size Estimation Model (SEM). In this paper, RCS data acquired during a measurement campaign in an anechoic chamber has been used to derive a similar function. A comparison of the size estimated by using both models is shown in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 17th European Radar Conference (EuRAD)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9782874870613
ISBN (Print)9781728170602 (PoD)
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2021
Event17th European Radar Conference, EuRAD 2020 - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 13 Jan 202115 Jan 2021

Publication series

NameEuropean Radar Conference (EURAD)


Conference17th European Radar Conference, EuRAD 2020

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
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  • comparison
  • NASA
  • radar
  • Radon
  • RCS
  • rotating targets
  • RSO
  • SEM
  • space debris
  • SSA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing
  • Instrumentation


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