GESTRA-Technology Aspects and Mode Design for Space Surveillance and Tracking

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H. Wilden et al. (2017), JBIS, 70, pp.82-84

Refcode: 2017.70.82
Keywords: GESTRA, tracking radar, catalogue of orbital objects

Abstract:
On behalf of the Federal Government the German Space Administration (DLR RFM) commissioned the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (FHR) in 2015 to design and develop a phased­-array based radar for monitoring the low Earth orbit. This so-called German Experimental Space Surveillance and Tracking Radar (GESTRA) will support the German Space Situational Awareness Centre to generate a catalogue of orbital data for all objects with a minimum radar cross section (RCS) at altitudes of less than 3000 km.

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