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Constella, a Quick Configuration Platform for Rapid Response Missions

Meerman, Maarten (Max) and Sweeting, Martin (2006) Constella, a Quick Configuration Platform for Rapid Response Missions In: 2006 IEEE Aerospace Conference.


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Constella is a novel very quick response satellite platform that can be used in any Low Earth Orbit, It can be used as a single unit or as part of a constellation of spacecraft. It can be pre-manufactured to a large extent, and a selection of subsystems can be ready to select from, to provide last-minute configuration options for both the payload and platform. This satellite contains a number of innovations that have not been used in space before, and they will allow very quick response missions to take place. Only a very short time is required to decide on the mission and plan the satellite design, then assemble the final parts, and test and launch the satellite into orbit. The total time can be down to weeks or even days. Unlike most quick-response missions, where anything under one year is included, and where the satellite typically has to be completely ready and tested, waiting for quick call-up, the Constella can be tailored with interchangeable attitude sensors, propulsion units, communications equipment, payloads and more, just before launch, even right at the launch site if required. The platform produces almost the same amount electrical power, irrespective of orbital inclination or ascending node time, removing the need for solar panel design changes at the configuration stage.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Surrey Space Centre
Authors :
Meerman, Maarten (Max)
Date : 1 January 2006
DOI : 10.1109/AERO.2006.1655830
Additional Information : Meerman, M., and Sweeting, M. (2006) Constella, a Quick Configuration Platform for Rapid Response Missions. 2006 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Vols. 1-9, pp. 1203-1209. ©2006 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:47
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:03

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