The Benefits of Very Low Earth Orbit for Earth Observation Missions

  title={The Benefits of Very Low Earth Orbit for Earth Observation Missions},
  author={N. Crisp and P. Roberts and S. Livadiotti and V. Oiko and S. Edmondson and S. Haigh and C. Huyton and L. Sinpetru and K. L. Smith and S. Worrall and J. Becedas and R. M. Dom'inguez and D. Gonz'alez and V. Hanessian and A. M{\o}lgaard and J. Nielsen and M. Bisgaard and Y. Chan and S. Fasoulas and G. Herdrich and F. Roman{\`o} and C. Traub and D. Garc{\'i}a-Almi{\~n}ana and S. Rodriguez-Donaire and M. Sureda and D. Kataria and R. Outlaw and B. Belkouchi and A. Conte and J. S. P{\'e}rez and R. Villain and B. Heisserer and A. Schwalber},
  journal={arXiv: Space Physics},
Very low Earth orbits (VLEO), typically classified as orbits below approximately 450 km in altitude, have the potential to provide significant benefits to spacecraft over those that operate in higher altitude orbits. This paper provides a comprehensive review and analysis of these benefits to spacecraft operations in VLEO, with parametric investigation of those which apply specifically to Earth observation missions. The most significant benefit for optical imaging systems is that a reduction in… Expand
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