ROTATING SYMMETRIES IN SPACE: THE FLOWER CONSTELLATIONS Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • Flower Constellations is a novel methodology to design axial-symmetric satellite constellations whose satellites all belong to the same closed trajectory in a prescribed rotating reference frame. These constellations highlight the existence of new, unexpected, shape-preserving rigid-body objects rotating with specific angular velocities. In this paper, the fundamentals of Flower Constellations theory is revisited in a very general way and new important parameters, such as the "Flower Mean Anom aly" and the "Configuration Number," are derived to classify and describe the Flower Constellations.

author list (cited authors)

  • Avendano, M., & Mortari, D.

publication date

  • December 2009