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The benefits of very low earth orbit for earth observation missions

Author
Crisp , N.; Roberts, P.; Livadiotti, S.; Garcia-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodriguez-Donaire, S.; Sureda, M.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Progress in aerospace sciences
Date of publication
2020-08
Volume
117
First page
100619/1
Last page
100619/18
DOI
10.1016/j.paerosci.2020.100619
Project funding
DISCOVERER – Disruptive technologies for very low Earth orbit platforms
Repository
http://arxiv.org/abs/2007.07699v2 Open in new window
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/330449 Open in new window
URL
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376042120300312 Open in new window
Abstract
Very low Earth orbits (VLEO), typically classified as orbits below approximately 450 km in altitude, have the potential to provide significant benefits to spacecraft over those that operate in higher altitude orbits. This paper provides a comprehensive review and analysis of these benefits to spacecraft operations in VLEO, with para-metric investigation of those which apply specifically to Earth observation missions. The most significant benefit for optical imaging systems is that a reduction in...
Citation
Crisp, N. [et al.]. The benefits of very low earth orbit for earth observation missions. "Progress in aerospace sciences", Agost 2020, vol. 117, p. 100619/1-100619/18.
Keywords
Debris collision risk, Optical imaging, Orbital aerodynamics, Remote sensing, Synthetic aperture radar
Group of research
L'AIRE - Laboratory of Aeronautical and Industrial Research and Studies
TUAREG - Turbulence and Aerodynamics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Group

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