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Old 01-27-2011, 11:13 PM #1
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Default Using Lasers in Space

Would anyone here have any ideas on how I could use lasers for locating an object's position, velocity, and obtain attitude data? My goal is to develop an efficient system to use in proximity operations for uncooperative space craft. I would greatly appreciate any realistic ideas! I figured that when it comes to lasers, this is the place to come for advice.

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You'll need a very serious setup, MUCH bigger, more expensive and complex than,
I dare to say, anything anyone here has in his garage....

Basically, divergence of the beam and of course the athmosphere are a real buzzkill, you would need one serious beam expander and lots of power...

Also, try the Photonlexicon.
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I have the budget. I just need some pointing in the right direction thanks!
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Shouldn't their be Aerospace research/information on this that may be of help? Lasers have been used on spacecraft rather extensively.
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Oh most definitely, im just looking for information so far
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Looks like you're gonna have to buy these.

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I'll let you know if I find anything for free.
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lasers for locating an object's position, velocity, and obtain attitude data? My goal is to develop an efficient system to use in proximity operations for uncooperative space craft.
Not very original idea - a lidar system with a scanner.
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Now wait.. say WHAT?
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Uncooperative, or unresponsive. To be able to identify a space craft in a satellite's orbital path, maneuver around it, or even sync into formation flight, as well as analyzing its orbital dynamics.
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What kind of orbits are we talking about here? Stuff in LEO, or geostationary?
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Do you have a multi-billion dollar budget?

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Well, building any rangefinding system depends on the range it has to deal with. Objects in LEO aren't -that- far away (several 100 km), so it might at least be possible to illuminate them with a laser from the ground. The downside is obviously that they do fly across the sky at great relative speed, which puts requirements on the aiming system.

I don't really understand what it is you want to build though.

Both NASA and ESA are monitoring space debris in LEO, geostationary and transfer orbits - i assume you don't want to copy that, since their equipment is pretty expensive and already installed.
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