Faint High Orbit Debris Observations With ISON Optical Network

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Executive Summary

New cooperation for global monitoring of space objects at high orbits, International Scientific Optical Network (ISON), is appeared under auspices of the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. At present, there are more than 30 telescopes of 20 observatories in 8 states which participate in coordinated programs. ISON provides the observations of faint deep space debris in cooperation with team of the Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern since 2004. It is jointly discovered already 556 faint space debris fragments at high orbits and more than 200 of them are continuously tracked with ISON. Presence of space debris clouds created in earlier suspected fragmentations of GEO objects is proved by long deterministic observations of individual members of the clouds.

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