Distinguishing Active Box-Wing and Cylindrical Geostationary Satellites using IR Photometry with NASA’s WISE Spacecraft

J.J. Murray-Krezan, D. Bedard, C.J. Grillmair, C.H. Lee, Thomas Schildknecht, R.M. Cutri & P. Seitzer
Over 860 observations of 245 box-wing (BW) and 18 cylindrical (C) active geostationary satellites (GEOsats) have been extracted from the thousands of resident space objects (RSOs) serendipitously detected by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). In 2010, WISE performed an all-sky infrared (IR) survey at 3.4, 4.6, 12, and 22 microns simultaneously from low Earth orbit (LEO). For GEOsats, these wavelengths are in the reflective and thermal IR regimes, and all observations were obtained near...
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