A possible transponding system for an artificial asteroid.

by Peter Swerling, Cullen M. Crain

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A means of increasing the precision with which the dimensions of the solar system are known by measuring the transmission-path length to an artificial asteroid by radio-frequency transponding techniques. This study describes the design of a possible pulsed transponding system by which the transmission-path length can be measured with an accuracy limited essentially by the accuracy with which the velocity of light is known. Typical values of range and radial velocity in connection with the earth of the proposed artificial asteroid are assumed. In addition, a weight and volume break- down of a possible design is given.

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