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Small-satellite constellation for many uses
Author(s): Walter E. Seiberling; Laura A. Traxler-Lee; Sean K. Collins
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Paper Abstract

An architecture is proposed which offers a structure for many different small satellite types to be integrated into a system constellation to meet the multiple demands of today's various users. An approach to evolving such a constellation is proposed that supports operations for weather prediction mapping, communication, and reconnaissance. Alternative designs for supporting sensor viewing and communication are discussed. Alternatives are offered for multimission networking and connectivity to users, and attention is given to options for controlling and operating a constellation of tens or hundreds of satellites intermixed with different types of capabilities and designs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1495, Small-Satellite Technology and Applications, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45897
Show Author Affiliations
Walter E. Seiberling, W.J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)
Laura A. Traxler-Lee, W.J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)
Sean K. Collins, W.J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1495:
Small-Satellite Technology and Applications
Brian J. Horais, Editor(s)

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