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Linking satellites via Earth hot spots and the Internet to form ad hoc constellations
Author(s): Daniel Mandl; Stu Frye; Sandra Grosvenor; Mary Ann Ingram; John Langley; Felix A. Miranda; Richard Q. Lee; Robert R. Romanofsky; Afroz Zaman; Zoya Popovic; Robert L. Sherwood; Steve Chien; Ashley Davies
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Paper Abstract

As more assets are placed in orbit, opportunities emerge to combine various sets of satellites in temporary constellations to perform collaborative image collections. Often, new operations concepts for a satellite or set of satellites emerge after launch. To the degree with which new space assets can be inexpensively and rapidly integrated into temporary or "ad hoc" constellations, will determine whether these new ideas will be implemented or not. On the Earth Observing 1 (EO-1) satellite, a New Millennium Program mission, a number of experiments were conducted and are being conducted to demonstrate various aspects of an architecture that, when taken as a whole, will enable progressive mission autonomy. In particular, the target architecture will use adaptive ground antenna arrays to form, as close as possible, the equivalent of wireless access points for low earth orbiting satellites. Coupled with various ground and flight software and the Internet, the architecture enables progressive mission autonomy. Thus, new collaborative sensing techniques can be implemented post-launch. This paper will outline the overall operations concept and highlight details of both the research effort being conducted in the area of adaptive antenna arrays and some of the related successful autonomy software that has been implemented using EO-1 and other operational satellites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 January 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5659, Enabling Sensor and Platform Technologies for Spaceborne Remote Sensing, (11 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.579307
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Daniel Mandl, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stu Frye, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Sandra Grosvenor, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mary Ann Ingram, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
John Langley, Saquish Group (United States)
Felix A. Miranda, NASA Glenn Research Ctr. (United States)
Richard Q. Lee, NASA Glenn Research Ctr. (United States)
Robert R. Romanofsky, NASA Glenn Research Ctr. (United States)
Afroz Zaman, NASA Glenn Research Ctr. (United States)
Zoya Popovic, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Robert L. Sherwood, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Steve Chien, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ashley Davies, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5659:
Enabling Sensor and Platform Technologies for Spaceborne Remote Sensing
George J. Komar; Jinxue Wang; Toshiyoshi Kimura, Editor(s)

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