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Is it easier to detect a satellite than an aircraft with a land-based radar?

In addition to Steve’s comments, there are some other factors Target Reflectivity is affected by size (most satellites are smaller than most planes), material (planes are completely covered in metal), ...
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Is it easier to detect a satellite than an aircraft with a land-based radar?

No it's not easier. Radar technology is complicated and has many variables, but as a general rule it is harder to detect objects farther away than those that are closer. Satellites are almost always ...
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Is it easier to detect a satellite than an aircraft with a land-based radar?

Yes and no. Modern long-range military radar has more than enough power to detect and track satellites in low-Earth orbit. For example, the Thales SMART-L has a range of 2000 km. It is not pointing ...
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