[amsat-bb] Re: Technical question about radar reflectivity
g0mrf at aol.com
g0mrf at aol.com
Tue Aug 7 16:45:29 PDT 2012
It's really cross sectional area rather than length. Can't really
assume military radar is on a specific frequency.
I think what perhaps should be avoided is the use of any angular
surfaces in the body designed to keep the cubesat either in orbit or to
help it pass through the atmosphere. i.e. sample return missions or
Similarly, the use of titanium and heat resistant ceramics should be
avoided although that is too specific for legislation. Perhaps....Not
designed for atmospheric re entry, would be better.
Sorry, back to the topic, angular surfaces and radar absorbing
coatings not a good idea.
Thanks es gl
From: Graham Shirville <g.shirville at btinternet.com>
To: AMSAT BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 22:32
Subject: [amsat-bb] Technical question about radar reflectivity
I am preparing a response to the UK Space Agency Consultation Document
planned Reform of the UK Outer Space Act. Generally the proposals
support cubesat development here in the UK and therefore should be
Included in the Impact Assessment document that comes with the
Document is a finding that “ Further, cubesat designers should be
incorporate appropriate reflectors on the outside of their platforms to
their radar cross-section/signatures and therefore their detectability
ground in order to minimise the potential collision risk with other
Would I be technically correct to be able to state something along the
of... “Many/most cubesat platforms have communication systems that use
frequencies in the 435-438MHz amateur satellite service and use
wave monopole or 1/2 wave dipole antennas. As these frequencies are
to those used by many of the ground based radars used for tracking
objects, it can be demonstrated that this finding is being and will be
I assume that their reflection will be enhanced by these antennas but
make certain of the facts ..... so expert comments please.
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