In the April 2002 the first dedicated observations of space debris in Italy have been performed by the Group of Astrodynamics of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (GAUSS). Such test campaign, devoted to the Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) region objects detection, was accomplished using one of the Campo Catino Astronomical Observatory telescopes and was successful. As a consequence, GAUSS decided to continue the GEO observation activity from Campo Catino, also using other facilities. Since November 2002 the team has also joined the Inter-Agency Space Debris Co-ordination Committee (IADC) GEO campaign even if only a few clear-sky nights could be exploited. The paper reports the results from all Italian GEO optical campaigns performed since April 2002 (test campaign) until January 8th 2003.
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|Titolo:||The 2002 italian optical observations of the geosynchronous region|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2003|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||02a Capitolo o Articolo|