CubeSat Formations for Monitoring Hurricanes
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P. Chadalavada and A. Dutta, "CubeSat Formations for Monitoring Hurricanes," 2022 IEEE Aerospace Conference (AERO), 2022, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1109/AERO53065.2022.9843636.
In this paper, we consider the problem of orbit-raising of all-electric satellites deployed in the geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO). We present an optimization framework that incorporates a novel dynamic model of a thrusting spacecraft, eclipse constraints including rotation of the shadow geometry and J2 perturbation. An automated mission scenario analysis tool is built utilizing the developed framework that generates sub-optimal trajectories in a rapid and robust manner, without the need of user-inputed initial guess, for each instance of the non-linear trajectory optimization problem. The tool is used to perform a mission scenario analysis for orbit-raising of all-electric telecommunication satellite that allows for stacking of such satellites within the launch vehicle.
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