Date of Award
Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Steven G. Tragesser, PhD
For distributed remote sensing architectures to be useful for collecting data, it is essential to have a methodology for relating orbital formation parameters to remote sensing requirements. Utilizing the characteristics of formation parameters, an orbital design approach is developed that establishes a satellite formation from a desired instantaneous spatial distribution as viewed from a target ground site. To maintain a conceptually basic representation, a geometric approach is used to develop the correlating algorithm. This tool will enable mission planning for orbital formations as well as future concept exploration.
DTIC Accession Number
Press, Matthew J., "Geometric Approach to Orbital Formation Mission Design" (2004). Theses and Dissertations. 3940.