Uniformly distributed Flower Constellation design study for global navigation system
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The recently developed Flower Constellations have the satellites following the same relative trajectory with respect to an Earth rotating reference frame. This allows you to design an approximate uniform relative trajectory over the region of interest (which can be global) and uniformly distribute in time the satellites along the relative trajectory. Based on this idea, a new constellation of 30 satellites is here proposed, designed, and compared with the existing GPS and GLONASS constellation and the proposed European Galileo constellation. The proposed solution presents better characteristics in terms of attitude and position errors.
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Park, K., Wilkins, M. P., & Mortari, D.