Constellation design for responsive revisiting

Ming XU, Colin McInnes

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Responsive communications or Earth observation missions typically require frequent revisit to any point of the Earth’s surface and employ a constellation with two satellites to improve coverage performance. As a new approach to constellation design, a novel constellation is presented by fixing the interval between successive revisits at all latitudes. Analytic and numerical simulations are implemented to illustrate that such a revisiting constellation exists in a large region parameterized by the relative values of right ascension of ascending node and argument of latitude. A global investigation is presented to address the practical time-resolution of the constellation and its topological shape, the existence region, and the relationship to the semi-major axis and inclination.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2012
Event1st IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 19 Mar 201221 Mar 2012


Conference1st IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems


  • earth observation
  • constellation design
  • analytical & numerical simulation
  • Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) system
  • responsive orbits


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