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Architecting constellations of 'operational' earth monitoring satellites (Part II)
Author(s): Douglas B. Helmuth; Raymond M. Bell; David A. Bennett; David A. Grant; Timothy N. Miller; Christopher A. Lentz
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Paper Abstract

Understanding the earth"s climate and collecting suitable signatures over the next 10, 20, 30 years is a shared objective of many world governments. But even with significant scientific progress and demonstrations to date, there remains a daunting challenge to bridge from scientific missions to "operational" systems that support decision makers, scientific communities and vast numbers of users eager for verified data. In this part II paper for 2010, an expanded description of a system of constellations reveals the capacity of supporting multiple existing missions and additional "decadal survey" objectives, by leveraging today's capabilities in an expandable architecture. Resourcing a system of systems solution is also challenging, but thoughts on shared cost efficiencies and common concerns will be offered specifically intended to focus the "community" discussion on incremental solutions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7826, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV, 78261C (13 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.864645
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas B. Helmuth, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Raymond M. Bell, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
David A. Bennett, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
David A. Grant, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Timothy N. Miller, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Christopher A. Lentz, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7826:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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