College of Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Department
BS in Aerospace Engineering
This research were conducted at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo throughout the Winter, Spring, and Fall quarters of 2013. The data presented in this paper was taken on the night of October 20, 2013 at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Astronomical Observatory and was reduced using IRAF software available on campus. This report describes the results of an observation of two bright XM geostationary satellites and the steps taken to get to those results. The average magnitude values of the XM-1 and XM-2 satellites were 13.753±0.007 and 14.015±0.007 respectively. The magnitude varied an average of 0.1 magnitudes around the average magnitude value.