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Track Initiation of Low-Earth-Orbit Objects using Statistical Modeling of Sparse Observations

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In this paper, we investigate a new track initiation technique enabling the use of a low-cost radar system for Low-Earth-Orbit surveillance. This technique is based on a first association of observations with little ambiguity followed by a fast Initial Orbit Determination. This study supports the feasibility of the system as this technique shows a coverage of 84,4% within 6 days, with a combinatorial complexity kept under control when assessed in a realistic multitarget tracking context.

Thibaut Castaings

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“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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