MarsSat: Assured Communication with Mars

  title={MarsSat: Assured Communication with Mars},
  author={T. Gangale},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  • T. Gangale
  • Published 2005
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Abstract: The author developed the MarsSat concept during the 1990s. For this task, he designed a class of orbits to solve the problem of communicating with crews on Mars when the planet is in solar conjunction as seen from Earth, a planetary configuration that occurs near the midpoint of a conjunction class mission to Mars. This type of orbit minimizes the distance between Mars and the communications satellite; thus, minimizing the size, weight, and power requirements, while providing a… Expand