AuthorVigil, Jeannine S.
AffiliationNew Mexico State University
KeywordsSpace Network (SN)
Satellite Tool Kit (STK)
Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)
Half Power Beam Width (HPBW)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
White Sands Complex (WSC)
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AbstractThis paper details the interaction of a small satellite with a space network and estimates the number of contacts and duration of contacts between the small, spin-stabilized satellite and a TDRS satellite. The simulations were performed using Satellite Tool Kit (STK) version 3.0, an orbital analysis software program. STK was configured for the four vehicles representing the spin-stabilized satellite and three TDRS satellites, TDRS East, West, and TDRS Zone of Exclusion. A set of simulations were run in which the spinstabilized satellite was given orbital elements corresponding to an orbital altitude between 600 km and 1200 km. The orbital inclination angle for the set of simulations was also varied from 20° through 100° along with the antenna cone angle of 10° through 40° to account for the effective beamwidths. In each of the simulations, the access to each TDRS satellite in the SN constellation was examined as a function of orbital altitude, orbital inclination angle, and antenna cone angle.
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