Corpus ID: 119279615

Orbit Determination and Differential-drag Control of Planet Labs Cubesat Constellations

  title={Orbit Determination and Differential-drag Control of Planet Labs Cubesat Constellations},
  author={C. Foster and Henry Hallam and J. Mason},
  journal={arXiv: Space Physics},
We present methodology and mission results from orbit determination of Planet Labs nanosatellites and differential-drag control of their relative motion. Orbit determination (OD) is required on Planet Labs satellites to accurately predict the positioning of satellites during downlink passes and we present a scalable OD solution for large fleets of small satellites utilizing two-way ranging. In the second part of this paper, we present mission results from relative motion differential-drag… Expand
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