STUDY OF LOW-COST ORBIT DETERMINATION SYSTEM FOR TETHERED SATELLITES
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The statistics of estimated errors when conducting the orbit determination of a tethered satellite system (TSS) by only using Doppler frequencies is shown. TSS consists of two satellites connected each other by a tether. The center of mass (CM) moves like a single satellite, so this system can be utilized also for a single satellite case as well as for TSS. This is considered as a low-cost orbit determination system because it can be realized with simple instruments, This kind of low-cost ground station will charm institutions that are developing a micro satellite in a small budget. The result will provide a useful reference in constructing a ground station for the orbit determination by only Doppler frequencies.
- The Journal of Space Technology and Science
The Journal of Space Technology and Science 16(1), 27-36, 2000-03-01
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