List of Acronyms


AIAA

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


CCD

charge-coupled device

CIS

Commonwealth of Independent States

COBE

Cosmic Background Explorer

COPUOS

Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space


EOL

end of life

ESA

European Space Agency

EURECA

European Retrievable Carrier


GEO

geosynchronous Earth orbit

GOES

Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite

GTO

geostationary transfer orbit


HAX

Haystack auxiliary radar

HEO

high Earth orbit


IAA

International Academy of Astronautics

IADC

Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee

ILA

International Law Association


LDEF

Long Duration Exposure Facility

LEO

low Earth orbit

LIDAR

light detection and ranging


MLI

multilayer insulation

MSX

Midcourse Space Experiment


NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NRC

National Research Council


ODERACS

Orbital Debris Radar Calibration Spheres


RCS

radar cross section



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List of Acronyms AIAA American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics CCD charge-coupled device CIS Commonwealth of Independent States COBE Cosmic Background Explorer COPUOS Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space EOL end of life ESA European Space Agency EURECA European Retrievable Carrier GEO geosynchronous Earth orbit GOES Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite GTO geostationary transfer orbit HAX Haystack auxiliary radar HEO high Earth orbit IAA International Academy of Astronautics IADC Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee ILA International Law Association LDEF Long Duration Exposure Facility LEO low Earth orbit LIDAR light detection and ranging MLI multilayer insulation MSX Midcourse Space Experiment NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NRC National Research Council ODERACS Orbital Debris Radar Calibration Spheres RCS radar cross section

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RORSAT Radar Ocean Reconnaissance Satellite SSC Space Surveillance Center SSN Space Surveillance Network (USA) SSS Space Surveillance System (Russia) UHF ultrahigh frequency UN United Nations VHF very high frequency