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Small Satellite Series (1 of 3) - Orbit Design
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (US ET)
This virtual training series will follow three important design aspects of designing, developing, implementing, and launching a 1U CubeSat to image and characterize active volcanoes in the United States: Orbit Design, Solar and Power Design, and Communications Design. The CubeSat orbit is constrained between 0 and 90 degrees inclination and 250 to 550 km altitude. The satellite will house an imager capable of taking images of steam emissions, airborne ash, and lava flows from the volcanoes to provide early indications of eruption. We will use a ground station at AGI headquarters to monitor and command the mission.

In this class you will:
  • Design an ideal orbit using STK which will provide the most observations times of the active volcanoes
  • Explore realistic constraints due to available launch providers
  • Run trade studies to optimize the orbit