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Generation of an Optimum Target Trajectory for the TerraSAR-X Repeat Observation Satellite

D'Amico, Simone and Arbinger, Christian and Kirschner, Michael and Campagnola, Stefano (2004) Generation of an Optimum Target Trajectory for the TerraSAR-X Repeat Observation Satellite. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics. ESA. 18th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics, [2004-10-11 - 2004-10-15], Munich, Germany. ISBN 92-9092-859-X. ISSN 0379-6566.

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TerraSAR-X (TS-X) is a new generation, high resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite for scientific and commercial applications. The launch of the satellite into a sun-synchronous dusk-dawn orbit with an 11-day repeat period is planned on top of a Russian DNEPR-1 rocket for 2006. The requirement for the TSX orbit is that the spacecraft shall fly over the same regions following identical flight paths relative to ground. The most important orbit control requirement is to maintain the satellite osculating orbit within a maximum absolute distance of 250 m from a target orbit. For dedicated operations this prescribed maximum distance is lowered to 10 m. This paper addresses the design and computation of the target path, the so-called reference orbit. The high accuracy orbit control requirements pose tight constraints on the generation of the target trajectory. Due to the high non-linearity of the problem, former strategies based solely on analytical calculus are not accurate enough. Instead the combination of numerical perturbation analysis and sequential optimization is shown to be more effective. It enables automation of the analysis and can be easily applied to all Earth remote sensing satellites.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/58068/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Generation of an Optimum Target Trajectory for the TerraSAR-X Repeat Observation Satellite
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Campagnola, StefanoESOCUNSPECIFIED
Date:11 October 2004
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the 18th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:ground orbit control, orbit prediciton, reference orbit, remote sensing, SAR, TerraSAR-X
Event Title:18th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics
Event Location:Munich, Germany
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:[2004-10-11 - 2004-10-15]
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Projekt TerraSAR-X Missionsbetrieb (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > GSOC-German Space Operations Center
Deposited By: D'Amico, Simone
Deposited On:05 Mar 2009
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 15:49

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