SATELLITE PATTERNS FOR CONTINUOUS MULTIPLE WHOLE-EARTH COVERAGE

Reference is made to two previous papers by the author. A paper (1973) on "Continuous whole-earth coverage by circular-orbit satellites" reported some results of a study of coverage by multiple-satellite patterns using inclined equal-period circular orbits, and recommended the use of a particular family of patterns described previously as "delta patterns" . Since then it has been reported that a pattern of that type is to be adopted for the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System, using a total of 24 satellites in the pattern, in circular orbits of 12-hour period and 63 degree inclination. The present paper summarizes some of the main results, and presents examples of 24-satellite patterns for comparison with the NAVSTAR proposals.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 119-122

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  • Accession Number: 00193638
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: IEE 160 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM