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The light which is captured by the telescope aperture is manipulated by the optical assembly and translated into an image which can be viewed through an eyepiece, or which can be used to generate an exposure on a photographic plate. Nowadays, photographic plates are mostly replaced by Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs), which are photosensitive, solid-state imaging sensors, based on metal oxide semiconductor technology (MOS). They convert the incoming photons into electric charges on an array of photodetectors.

The ESA SDT surveys revealed a substantial population of small debris in and close to GEO, with a size distribution which is steadily rising up to the telescope sensitivity limit. There is strong evidence of several clouds of break-up fragments, which were monitored from 2002 to 2004. 10). Since 2002 about 50% of the ESA SDT observation time is devoted to the search for debris in low inclination GEO transfer orbits. For a subset of the detected objects real-time follow-up observations are performed, and reliable 6-parameter orbits are determined.

20 The Current Space Debris Environment and its Sources Chap. 2 caused by aerodynamic forces, and at least one event was an accidental collision. The causes of 57 further break-up events could not be identified. With the exception of two GEO explosion events (an Ekran-2 satellite on June 22, 1978, and a Titan III-C Transtage on February 8, 1994), all known fragmentations occurred on orbits passing through altitudes below 2,000 km, with ∼80% of the orbits within LEO, and ∼17% on HEO and GTO. The first unintentional collision in space history occurred between the French Cerise satellite (95-033B) and an Ariane-1 H-10 upper stage explosion fragment (86-019F), on July 24, 1996, at 09:48 UTC.

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