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Optical Engineering

Satellite image collection optimization
Author(s): William Martin
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Paper Abstract

Imaging satellite systems represent a high capital cost. Optimizing the collection of images is critical for both satisfying customer orders and building a sustainable satellite operations business. We describe the functions of an operational, multivariable, time dynamic optimization system that maximizes the daily collection of satellite images. A graphical user interface allows the operator to quickly see the results of what if adjustments to an image collection plan. Used for both long range planning and daily collection scheduling of Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite, the satellite control and tasking (SCT) software allows collection commands to be altered up to 10 min before upload to the satellite.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2002
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 41(9) doi: 10.1117/1.1495856
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 41, Issue 9
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William Martin, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)

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