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A Review of Impending Small Satellite Formation Flying Missions

Bandyopadhyay, Saptarshi and Subramanian, Giri P. and Foust, Rebecca and Morgan, Daniel and Chung, Soon-Jo and Hadaegh, Fred Y. (2015) A Review of Impending Small Satellite Formation Flying Missions. In: 53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) , Reston, VA, Art. No. 2015-1623 . ISBN 978-1-62410-343-8.

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Small satellites, like popular nanosatellite platforms called CubeSats, are suitable for formation flying missions because of their modular nature and low cost. This paper presents a review of thirty-nine missions, using multiple small satellites, in various stages of development. These missions are categorized based on their mission type, mission status, number of satellites, leading organization, funding source, and requirement for constellation or formation flying. We conclude that Earth science related missions are the most popular, while most multi-satellite missions only require a constellation. Although six missions aim to demonstrate formation flying capability in space using two to three small satellites, there are currently only two formation flying missions planning to use four or more small satellites.

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Additional Information:© 2015 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. The authors would like to thank Dr. Tom Cwik for his guidance and constructive comments. The authors would also like to thank D. Hanley, J. Puig, and H.-B. Yoon for their valuable inputs. This work was supported by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist Space Technology Research Fellowship Program. Government sponsorship is acknowledged. This research was carried out in part at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Official Citation:Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, Giri P. Subramanian, Rebecca Foust, Daniel Morgan, Soon-Jo Chung, and Fred Hadaegh. "A Review of Impending Small Satellite Formation Flying Missions", 53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA SciTech Forum, (AIAA 2015-1623)
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