|Student Name:||Capt Benjamin Bennett|
|Thesis:||Systems Approach to Automated Cueing for Leo Satellite Tracking|
|Location:||Bldg 646, Room 111|
|Date & Time:||02/26/2014 at 1600|
|Abstract:|| This thesis evaluated integration of systems to systems to fuse actual data with calculated parameters and arrive at a refined orbital solution. In October 2013, the Air Force reduced its capability to track and detect objects when it shut down the Air Force Space Surveillance System (AFSSS). The AFSSS would tip, or alert, other sensors to cue, or monitor, the desired orbiting object. Utilizing this model, integration of existing Air Force Institute of Technology satellite tracking systems and automating the update of the satellite ephemeris were evaluated to provide a tipping and cueing interface to other sensors and aid in a low earth orbit tracking system. System architecture for an integrated telescope tracking (iTeleTrak) system was developed to interface with the current systems. Initiating a cue off of identifying satellite movement was explored. Configuration management and software architecture of the existing systems is also addressed. Data integration of collected observations in near real time could refine the orbital solution and minimize the error in determining satellite orbits.