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Technical Session V: From Earth to Orbit

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Abstract

Large sensor constellations are being proposed as a natural application of CubeSat class spacecraft. Given their low cost and numerous launch opportunities large numbers of CubeSats can be easily deployed in orbit. However, the fact that CubeSats are launched as secondary payloads limits the options for their deployment in appropriate constellation geometries. This problem is further aggravated given the current lack of propulsive options for CubeSats. This paper explores the viability of deploying constellations of cubeSats with efficient geometries using current secondary launch opportunities. The only variables being considered are the deployment timing and direction for individual CubeSats in a single launch. The results indicate that simple deployment strategies can be utilized to provide appropriate CubeSat dispersion to create efficient constellation geometries.

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Aug 13th, 2:45 PM

Deployment of CubeSat Constellations Utilizing Current Launch Opportunities

Large sensor constellations are being proposed as a natural application of CubeSat class spacecraft. Given their low cost and numerous launch opportunities large numbers of CubeSats can be easily deployed in orbit. However, the fact that CubeSats are launched as secondary payloads limits the options for their deployment in appropriate constellation geometries. This problem is further aggravated given the current lack of propulsive options for CubeSats. This paper explores the viability of deploying constellations of cubeSats with efficient geometries using current secondary launch opportunities. The only variables being considered are the deployment timing and direction for individual CubeSats in a single launch. The results indicate that simple deployment strategies can be utilized to provide appropriate CubeSat dispersion to create efficient constellation geometries.