Sun-synchronous repeat ground tracks and other useful orbits for future space missions

The development of oceanography and meteorology has greatly benefited from satellite-based data of Earth's atmosphere and ocean. Traditional Earth observation missions have utilised Sun-synchronous orbits with repeat ground tracks due to their advantages in visible and infrared wavelengths. However, diversification of observation wavelengths and massive deployment of miniaturised satellites are both enabling and necessitating new kinds of space missions. This paper proposes several unconventional satellite orbits intended for use in, but not limited to, Earth observation. This 'toolbox' of orbits and taxonomy thereof will thus support the definition of design requirements for the individual satellites in nano-satellite constellations developed by national space agencies, industries and academia.


Published in:
Aeronautical Journal, 124, 1276, PII S0001924020000214917-939
Year:
Jun 01 2020
ISSN:
0001-9240
2059-6464
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