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Absolute autonomous inertial stationkeeping using Microcosm's Orbit Control Kit (OCK)
Author(s): Yegor Plam; Richard E. Van Allen; Paul Graven; James R. Wertz; L. Jane Hansen
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Paper Abstract

Autonomous on-board orbit control was developed, first and foremost, to improve orbital operations, principally by reducing operations costs. It accomplishes this improvement by eliminating the planning burden on the mission operations team. In addition, because the orbit phase and other orbital elements are held invariable, the position of the spacecraft is known at all future times, and a new array of mission applications is opened up, especially related to communications, mission planning, installation, maintenance, and hazard avoidance. Another significant benefit is a reduction in orbit maintenance propellant.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6222, Sensors for Propulsion Measurement Applications, 62220O (10 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666814
Show Author Affiliations
Yegor Plam, Microcosm, Inc. (United States)
Richard E. Van Allen, Microcosm, Inc. (United States)
Paul Graven, Microcosm, Inc. (United States)
James R. Wertz, Microcosm, Inc. (United States)
L. Jane Hansen, HRP Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6222:
Sensors for Propulsion Measurement Applications
Valentin Korman, Editor(s)

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