A semi-analytical approach to satellite constellation design for regional coverage

Hang Woon Lee, Koki Ho, Seiichi Shimizu, Shoji Yoshikawa

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This paper introduces a robust and computationally efficient semi-analytical approach to design regional coverage satellite constellations. By fully utilizing the characteristics of the repeating ground track orbits and multiple access intervals between the target and the satellite, the proposed methods aim to optimally design satellite constellation with the fewest number of satellites possible. Two methods are constructed by applying the circular convolution theorem based on the assumption that the seed satellite access profile and the satellite position vector can be treated as discrete signals. An analysis shows that the While-Loop method is computationally efficient while the Integer Programming method is the most optimal. Various illustrative examples are performed to demonstrate the value provided by the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2018
EditorsPuneet Singla, Ryan M. Weisman, Belinda G. Marchand, Brandon A. Jones
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780877036579
StatePublished - 2018
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2018 - Snowbird, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2018Aug 23 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


ConferenceAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2018
CountryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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