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Volume 114, 20172017 International Conference on Mechanical, Material and Aerospace Engineering (2MAE 2017)
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Section||Chapter 1: Mechanical|
|Published online||10 July 2017|
Design of LEO Constellations Providing Internet Services Based on SOC Method
1 College of Aerospace Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410072, China
2 College of Basic Education for Commanding Officers, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410072, China
a Corresponding author: email@example.com
Narrow-beamwidth antenna is applied to LEO satellite constellations to provide high-speed internet services for the globe. Low-altitude, limited coverage region of single satellite and large scale are the main features of them. In this paper, under the constraint of specified half-beam angle of antenna, both inclined and polar orbit constellations are analysed based on Streets-of-Coverage method to provide continuous coverage. The results indicate that the coverage performance of single satellite is the key factor which can affect the configuration and number of constellations. When the orbit altitude is 1200 km and half-beam angle is 32 degrees, up to thousands of satellites are required for constellations providing internet services for zonal region 60 degrees from the equator. Non-symmetrical polar constellations show the best performance of continuous coverage and require approximately half of the satellites of inclined orbit constellations. The required satellites with different single coverage performance are also investigated as a reference for future research.
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