AN EXAMPLE OF THE ANALYSIS OF SATELLITE BUNCHING CHARACTERISTICS,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The memorandum presents an ad hoc analytical iterative procedure that can be used to establish a desirable relative spacing scheme for families of satellites in unperturbed, unphased, circular, coplanar orbit. Extension of this analytical technique to families of satellites in noncircular coplanar orbit is straightforward. The threefold aim of the Memorandum includes extension and illustration of an earlier preliminary study analysis of a practical example viz., one launch of the IDCSP, with sufficient detail to afford both system managers and analysts insight into the nature of bunchings of satellites in circular, coplanar orbit and presentation of some procedures and criteria for determining relative spacing between adjacent satellites in the family to give satisfactory system characteristics.
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