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Global coverage from ad-hoc constellations in rideshare orbits

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dc.contributor.author Ellis, Armin
dc.contributor.author Mercury, Michael
dc.contributor.author Brown, Shannon
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-18T16:48:59Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-18T16:48:59Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-13
dc.identifier.citation 26th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, Utah, August 10-15, 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-2622
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/42629
dc.description.abstract A promising area of small satellite development is in providing higher temporal resolution than larger satellites. Traditional constellations have required specific orbits and dedicated launch vehicles. In this paper we discuss an alternative architecture in which the individual elements of the constellation are launched as rideshare opportunities. We compare the coverage of such an ad-hoc constellation with more traditional constellations. Coverage analysis is based on actual historical data from rideshare opportunities. Our analysis includes ground coverage and temporal revisits for Polar, Tropics, Temperate, and Global regions, comparing ad-hoc and Walker constellation. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2012. en_US
dc.subject small satellite development en_US
dc.subject Ad-hoc constellations en_US
dc.title Global coverage from ad-hoc constellations in rideshare orbits en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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