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Constellation design for responsive revisiting

XU, Ming and McInnes, Colin (2012) Constellation design for responsive revisiting. In: 1st IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems, 2012-03-19 - 2012-03-21, Porto.

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    Abstract

    Responsive communications or Earth observation missions typically require frequent revisit to any point of the Earth’s surface and employ a constellation with two satellites to improve coverage performance. As a new approach to constellation design, a novel constellation is presented by fixing the interval between successive revisits at all latitudes. Analytic and numerical simulations are implemented to illustrate that such a revisiting constellation exists in a large region parameterized by the relative values of right ascension of ascending node and argument of latitude. A global investigation is presented to address the practical time-resolution of the constellation and its topological shape, the existence region, and the relationship to the semi-major axis and inclination.

    Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    ID code: 38888
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    Keywords: earth observation , constellation design, analytical & numerical simulation, Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) system, responsive orbits, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Control and Systems Engineering, Computational Mechanics, Computer Networks and Communications
    Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
    Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
    Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Technology and Innovation Centre > Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 09:10
    Last modified: 06 Sep 2014 19:56
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/38888

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