RCS and magnitude estimation

From: Jonathan T Wojack (tlj18@juno.com)
Date: Fri May 18 2001 - 14:24:05 PDT

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    > Hi
    > Don't you have to consider things like albedo, illumination angle, 
    > besides
    > the cross sectional area. Also, shape.. flat, spherical, etc. or is 
    > there
    > some "rule of thumb".
    It seemed to me that the author was implying that if you know the RCS and
    range, you can get a general idea of the magnitude of the object.  If
    there is such a formula that is mathematically correct (I don't care how
    precise or imprecise it is), I am interested in it.
    Maybe there are slightly different formulas for different types of
    Jonathan T. Wojack                 tlj18@juno.com
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