Optimizing Flower Constellations for Global Coverage
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In this paper, the GDOP-optimal Flower Constellations using evolutionary methods, for a given number of satellites, or more generally, for a given set of Flower Constellation parameters is obtained. As a measure of optimality we use the maximum value of the GDOP over a large number of uniformly distributed points on the Earth during the time needed for the constellation to return to its initial pattern. The search space constellations includes eccentric orbits. © 2012 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.
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Casanova, D., Avendano, M., & Mortari, D.