Autonomous satellite constellations for planetary exploration

Gianmarco Radice, Colin McInnes

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Planetary exploration will be increasingly carried on by means of formations/fleets of probes, all of them having onboard navigation and communication systems. It is possible to keep these subsystems at a very simple, level onboard of the probes, and to use some common external infrastructure to help them in exploiting these tasks. The common infkastructure could be represented by a network of satellites orbiting round the planet and providing a data relay to the Earth and a set of sources for a radionavigation system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International NAISO Congress on Information Service Innovations (ISI'2001)
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • aeronautics
  • space travel
  • planets
  • satellites
  • propulsion systems


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