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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Space Situational Awareness

Location

US Air Force Academy, Laser and Optics Research Center

RO# Location
13.04.02.B7637 US Air Force Academy, CO 808406200

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Chun, Francis K. francis.chun@usafa.edu 719.333.2601

Description

The Center for Space Situational Awareness Research (CSSAR) in the Department of Physics at the US Air Force Academy is interested in satellite tracking and characterization. CSSAR is actively working in the areas of (1) non-imaging photometric, spectral, and polarimetric techniques leading to the identification and characterization of unresolved space objects; (2) modeling and simulation to understand the inverse problem associated with characterization of non-resolved space objects; (3) initial orbit determination using metric data from bi-static radar returns and angles-only optical measurements; (4) short-arc precision orbit determination with high-rate optical measurements; and (5) investigation of resolved imaging techniques such as lucky imaging. CSSAR is developing a network of small aperture telescopes that will provide global coverage of the space catalog and the capability to observe satellites simultaneously from multiple telescope locations for data fusion research.

 

Keywords:
Space situational awareness; Satellite characterization; Orbit determination; Data fusion;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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