標題: Constellation Deployment for the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Mission
作者: Fong, Chen-Joe
Shiau, Wen-Tzong
Lin, Chen-Tsung
Kuo, Tien-Chuan
Chu, Chung-Huei
Yang, Shan-Kuo
Yen, Nick L.
Chen, Shao-Shing
Kuo, Ying-Hwa
Liou, Yuei-An
Chi, Sien
光電工程學系
Department of Photonics
關鍵字: Constellation deployment;Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC);FORMOSA Satellite Series No. 3 (FORMOSAT-3);geodesy;Global Positioning System (GPS) radio occultation (RO);satellite
公開日期: 1-Nov-2008
摘要: The FORMOSA Satellite Series No. 3/Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC) spacecraft constellation consisting of six low-earth-orbiting satellites is the world's first operational Global Positioning System (GPS) radio occultation mission. The mission has been jointly developed by the National Space Organization of Taiwan and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research of the U.S. in collaboration with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, and the Naval Research Laboratory for three onboard payloads, including a GPS Occultation Receiver, a triband beacon, and a tiny ionospheric photometer. The FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC mission was successfully launched from Vandenberg into the same orbit plane of the designated 516-km circular parking orbit altitude on April 15, 2006. After the six satellites completed the in-orbit checkout activities, the mission was started immediately at the parking orbit for in-orbit checkout, calibration, and experiment of three onboard payloads. Individual spacecraft thrust burns for orbit raising were performed to begin the constellation deployment of the satellites into six separate orbit planes. All six FORMOSA717-3/COSMIC satellites are maintained in a good state of health except spacecraft flight model no. 2, which has had power shortages. Five out of the six satellites had reached their final mission orbits of 800 km as of November 2007. This paper provides an overview of the constellation spacecraft design, constellation mission operations, constellation deployment timeline evolution, associated spacecraft mass property and moment of inertia results, orbit-raising challenges, and lessons learned during the orbit-raising operations.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TGRS.2008.2005202
http://hdl.handle.net/11536/8178
ISSN: 0196-2892
DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2008.2005202
期刊: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING
Volume: 46
Issue: 11
起始頁: 3367
結束頁: 3379
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