A feasibility study of a novel scheme to deploy a constellation of cubesats using two deployers

Wong Hong, Christopher Wilkins, Raz Tamirt, Vikram Kapila

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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the feasibility of using the effects of J 2 perturbations as a mechanism to deploy pico-satellites (e.g., cubesats) to create a spacecraft constellation. Specifically, using two deployer spacecraft, both moving on polar Earth orbits, we insert one hundred cubesats into sparsely populated 60 degree inclination orbits around the Earth using a change in orbital inclination only. We also outline a "proof-of- concept" single stage propulsion system that provides necessary propulsive input for the velocity change needed for the orbital inclination change of cubesats. A series of illustrative simulations are given to demonstrate that sufficient and effective coverage of the Earth is achieved using the designed cubesat constellation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007
Pages2218-2236
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 2007
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007 - Hilton Head, SC, United States
Duration: Aug 20 2007Aug 23 2007

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007
Volume3

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007
CountryUnited States
CityHilton Head, SC
Period8/20/078/23/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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