R. Reynolds, G. Rubin, E. Sager, M. Schuetze, J. Zimmerman,
System Planning Corporation, Arlington, VA, 22209 USA,
J. Jost, Aeroflex Incorporated, Powell, OH, 43065, USA,
J. Vila, CNES DLA, Rond Point de l'Espace, 91023 Evry, FRANCE
International Astronautical Federation Paper Number IAA-00-IAA.6.5.09
Although this system is currently being viewed as an instrument to improve the understanding of reentry of the Ariane 5 EPC, it also has the potential to observe reentry of all types of structures associated with launches and, with the associated difficulties, reentry of objects from orbit. This capability has the potential to considerably expand the database on reentry phenomenology, an important issue in reducing uncertainty in the risk associated with reentering space systems.
This paper will provide a description of the radar system parameters and discuss the operations approach. Some data from the reentry observations of the EPC associated with the Ariane 504 launch will be used to illustrate system performance. The paper will also discuss lessons learned from observations of the Ariane 504 EPC and plans for future development.
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