Impact of a 50,000 LEOsat constellation on LSST data

Phan Kandula

As the number of low earth orbit satellites increase in number, it becomes more important to analyze the impact on the LSST data. Since the brightness of a satellite depends on its position relative to the observatory and sun, we investigate how the brightness of a satellite changes as it moves through space. In this poster, we study the brightness of 50,000 Starlink Gen2-like satellites over the 10 year survey and how they would appear in the LSST data during the night and while transiting the focal plane. For this simulation we use a Walker constellation at 45 deg and 500 km, importing the ten year provisional schedule of LSST observations.


This poster will be displayed on Wednesday and Thursday.


Career Stage: 
Junior Researcher/Faculty