Stephanie J. Thomas

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In recent years, formation flying has been recognized as an enabling technology for a variety of mission concepts in both the scientific and defense arenas. Examples of developing missions at NASA include magnetospheric multiscale (MMS), solar imaging radio array (SIRA), and terrestrial planet finder (TPF). For each of these missions, a multiple satellite(More)
Space debris is a rising concern for the sustained operation of our satellites. The population in space is continually growing, both gradually with a steady stream of new launches, and in sudden bursts, as evidenced with the recent collision between the Iridium and inactive COSMOS spacecraft. The problem is most severe in densely populated orbit regimes,(More)
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