Information-driven systems engineering study of a formation flying demonstration mission using six CubeSats

Giri P. Subramanian, Rebecca Foust, Derek Chen, Stanley Chan, Younes Taleb, Dayne Rogers, Jobin Kokkat, Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, Daniel Morganz, Soon Jo Chung, Fred Y. Hadaegh

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Small satellites are suitable for formationying missions where a large number of space- craft serve as distributed sensors for applications like synthetic aperture radar, interfer- ometry, etc. A survey of existing or proposed small satellite missions concludes that there is a dearth of formation ying missions using four or more spacecraft that require forma- tion maintenance. This paper presents a systems engineering based design of a formation ying technology demonstration mission that requires precise formation maintenance and reconfigurations and highlights the challenges that need to be overcome for its successful implementation. The goal of this paper is to provide directions for future research and development in spacecraft formation ying technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103438
StatePublished - 2015
Event53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2015 - Kissimmee, United States
Duration: Jan 5 2015Jan 9 2015

Publication series

Name53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting


Other53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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