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Applications of small satellites to global-change measurements
Author(s): Charles F. Gartrell; Cyrus L. Butner; Brett E. Flanders
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Paper Abstract

There is great and increasing interest within the scientific community to study and better understand the earth's climate and global climate changes. NASA plans to study these global changes via measurements of many aspects of the earth system. These measurements will be extensive, some being made simultaneously from many different locations. This paper examines the use of small satellites (less than 220 kg) as a potential option for providing necessary global change measurements. A survey of current and planned small satellite characteristics, including bus subsystems and science payloads, is provided. A brief survey of potential launch vehicles for small satellites is also described. Estimates of payload mass and power envelopes are made for representative small satellites in three size ranges.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 August 1992
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1691, Small Satellite Technologies and Applications II, (10 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138044
Show Author Affiliations
Charles F. Gartrell, General Research Corp. (United States)
Cyrus L. Butner, General Research Corp. (United States)
Brett E. Flanders, General Research Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1691:
Small Satellite Technologies and Applications II
Brian J. Horais, Editor(s)

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