Contributions of the Space-Based Visible Sensor to Catalog Maintenance

April 1999
J. G. Miller, The MITRE Corporation
W. G. Schick, ITT Industries, Systems Division
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The Space-Based Visible (SBV) sensor, built by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory for the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's (BMDO) Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX), was one of a suite of sensors on board the MSX satellite to collect data over a wide-wavelength range on ballistic missiles and the earth's background. When the infrared sensor's cryogenic coolant was depleted, the BMDO experiments were concluded. Not needing cryogenic coolant, SBV has become a contributing sensor to the Space Surveillance Network (SSN) as an Advance Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD).

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