Ng A.,Canadian Space Agency |
Shankar B.,ComDev Mission Development Group |
Vincent P.,Canadian Space Agency |
Hirako K.,Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency |
And 2 more authors.
Advances in the Astronautical Sciences | Year: 2010
This paper presents the results from the study on the feasibility of JC2Sat formation flying using differential drag technique. The results indicate that formation flying is feasible at 650 km but becomes difficult at 700 km. Methods were investigated to increase the drag panel area with minimum bus structure modifications. This re-design is presented and together with an increase in pitch limit, the feasibility of JC2Sat achieving the formation flying is high.