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Leverage your science data return by flying with the International Earth Science Constellation (ESC)
Author(s): Michael J. Machado; William J. Guit; Warren F. Case
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Paper Abstract

Constellations have proven to be an effective and efficient way to acquire earth science data. By flying together, sensors on all satellites in a constellation take measurements of the same air, water, or land mass at essentially the same time. The sensors form a single “virtual satellite”. The key to making a constellation effective and efficient is keeping the operations as independent as possible in order to minimize the operational burden and costs. The Earth Science Constellation (ESC) has been successful on all counts and continues to welcome new missions to continue its 18+ year record of coincidental earth science observations. The ESC also serves as a model for future constellation designs. This paper describes the ESC and its evolution from its initial launches in 1999 through the present and how new missions might benefit from joining the ESC.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2018
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10785, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XXII, 107850A (25 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2503698
Show Author Affiliations
Michael J. Machado, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
William J. Guit, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Warren F. Case, Arctic Slope Technical Services, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10785:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XXII
Steven P. Neeck; Philippe Martimort; Toshiyoshi Kimura, Editor(s)

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