Radar calibration (via satellites)


     Satellites with a known cross section (usually spherical) can be used to calibrate ground based radars. At AO we have: sband, 430, and 46.8 Mhz radars.

tle's available for radar calibration satellites (as of 08mar13was):

Description of target satellites:

Computing orbits:

    I've added the radar.tle file to the daily tle updates here at AO (/share/megs/phil/predict/tle/updatetle.sc). The idl routines to compute satellite orbits  can now compute locations for these satellites. The steps for doing this are:

You can the plot then plot the passes for all the satelllites around the transit time of interest
processing: x101/130307/radarcal.pro
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