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End-of-mission planning challenges for a satellite in a constellation

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dc.contributor.author Boain, Ronald J.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-19T21:21:04Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-19T21:21:04Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-09
dc.identifier.citation 1st International Earth Observation Convoy and Constellation Concepts Workshop, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, October 9-11, 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno CL#13-4319
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/44300
dc.description.abstract At the end of a mission, satellites embedded in a constellation must first perform propulsive maneuvers to safely exit the constellation before they can begin with the usual end-of-mission activities: deorbit, passivation, and decommissioning. The target orbit for these exit maneuvers must be sufficiently below the remaining constellation satellites such that, once achieved, there is no longer risk of close conjunctions. Yet, the exit maneuvers must be done based on the spacecraft’s state of health and operational capability when the decision to end the mission is made. This paper focuses on the recently developed exit strategy for the CloudSat mission to highlight problems and issues, which forced the discarding of CloudSat’s original EoM Plan and its replacement with a new plan consistent with changes to the spacecraft’s original operational mode. The analyses behind and decisions made in formulating this new exit strategy will be of interest to other missions in a constellation currently preparing to update their End-of-Mission Plan. 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, 2013 en_US
dc.subject safe exit orbit en_US
dc.subject end-of-mission (EoM) en_US
dc.subject Afternoon Constellation (a.k.a. “A-Train”) en_US
dc.subject A-Train Mission Operations Working Group (MOWG) en_US
dc.subject Global Change Observation Mission 1st-Water (GCOM W1) en_US
dc.subject Aqua en_US
dc.subject Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) en_US
dc.subject CloudSat en_US
dc.subject Aura en_US
dc.title End-of-mission planning challenges for a satellite in a constellation en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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