Space Science Reviews

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 250–296

Optical tracking of artificial satellites


  • George Veis
    • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
    • National Technical University

DOI: 10.1007/BF00216781

Cite this article as:
Veis, G. Space Sci Rev (1963) 2: 250. doi:10.1007/BF00216781


The paper outlines the principles of optical tracking of artificial satellites, with emphasis on high-accuracy techniques. Various methods for determining the apparent position of a satellite at a known time are discussed, for both visual and photographic tracking. A description is given of several optical tracking systems now in operation, under development, or just proposed.

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