I have an active research program which is focussed on the characterization of active satellites and space debris objects which is an important component of any space situational awareness (SSA) architecture. My students and I study the sunlight that is reflected from these types of objects in order to characterize and classify them based on their photometric, spectrometric and polarimetric signatures. We use passive astronomical observation techniques to learn more about the nature of satellites and space debris objects for which we have no information. My students and I use the Space Surveillance Research Laboratory (SSRL) in to support our research activities.
I am always interested in taking on self-motivated and driven graduate students interested in conducting research in the field of space situation awareness. As an Assistant Professor, with over 15 years of experience in the field of space R&D projects, I am fully qualified to supervise graduate students, both at the Master’s and PhD level.
- Mr. Stefan Thorsteinson, M.Sc.
- Major Tyler Gill, M.Sc.
- Flight Lieutenant (RAAF) Josh Fitzmaurice, M.Sc.
- Mr. Alex Willison, M.Sc.
- Flight Lieutenant (RAAF) Carl Clancy, M.Sc.
- Lieutenant Jason Shaw, M.Sc.
- Donald Bédard and Gregg A. Wade, “Time-resolved visible/near-infrared spectrometric observations of the Galaxy 11 geostationary satellite”, Advances in Space Research, 3 September 2016.
- Alexander Willison and Donald Bédard, “A novel approach to modeling spacecraft spectral reflectance”, Advances in Space Research, Volume 58, Issue 7, 1 October 2016, Pages 1318-1330.
- Donald Bédard, Gregg A. Wade, and Kira Abercromby, “Laboratory Characterization of Homogeneous Spacecraft Materials”, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 52, No. 4 (2015), pp. 1038-1056.
- Donald Bédard and Martin Lévesque. “Analysis of the CanX-1 Engineering Model Spectral Reflectance Measurements”, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 51, No. 5 (2014), pp. 1492-1504.
- A. Willison and D. Bédard, “Light Curve Simulation Using Spacecraft CAD Models and Empirical Material Spectral BRDFs” AMOS Technologies Conference, Maui, Hawaii, September 2015.
- A. Jolley, D. Bédard, and G.A. Wade. “Multicolour Optical Photometry of Active Geostationary Satellites” AMOS Technologies Conference, Maui, Hawaii, September 2015.
- D. Bédard, G. Wade, K. Abercromby. “An Open-Access Visible Near-Infrared Spectral Reflectance Library of Spacecraft Materials” 65th International Astronautical Congress, Toronto, Canada, 29 September – 3 October 2014.
- D. Bédard, G. Wade, A. Jolley. “Interpretation of Spectrometric Measurements of Active Geostationary Satellites”, AMOS Technologies Conference, Maui, Hawaii, September 2014.
- D. Bédard, G. Wade, D. Monin. “Spectrometric Characterization of Geostationary Satellites” AMOS Technologies Conference, Maui, Hawaii, September 2012.
- D. Bédard, M. Lévesques and B. Wallace. “Measurement of the photometric and spectral BRDF of small Canadian satellites in a controlled environment” AMOS Technologies Conference, Maui, Hawaii, September 2011.
- D. Bédard. “Using a physics-based reflection model to study the reddening effect observed in spectrometric measurements of artificial space objects” AMOS Technologies Conference, Maui, Hawaii, September 2011.
- D. Bédard, R.L. Scott, B. Wallace, S. Thorsteinson, W. Harvey, S. Tafazoli, M. Fortin, J. Matthews, R. Kuschnig and J. Rowe. “Risk Reduction Activities for the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite Project” AMOS Technologies Conference, Maui, Hawaii, September 2006.
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