Articles | Volume 38, issue 4
Regular paper
15 Jul 2020
Regular paper |  | 15 Jul 2020

Radar observability of near-Earth objects using EISCAT 3D

Daniel Kastinen, Torbjørn Tveito, Juha Vierinen, and Mikael Granvik

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Short summary
We have applied three different methods to examine the observability, both tracking and discovery, of near-Earth objects (NEOs) by the EISCAT 3D radar system currently under construction. There are, to our knowledge, no previous studies on the expected discovery rates of NEOs using radar systems. We show that it is feasible to regularly track NEOs and mini-moons. We also show it is possible to discover new NEOs and mini-moons with EISCAT 3D, something never before done with radar systems.