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Title Cluster Constellation Change Manoeuvres - Management and Operations
Abstract The Cluster mission is an ESA cornerstone science mission of the Horizon 2000 Programme to study the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetic field. Cluster is comprised of a fleet of four identical spacecraft with 11 instruments flying in a tetrahedral constellation through the Earth's magnetosphere. A series of constellation change manoeuvres are regularly performed varying the interspacecraft distance, in order to probe the regions of scientific interest with the optimal spatial resolution. This paper describes the entire process from defining the target constellation to the completion of the constellation change manoeuvre phase. It is based on the wide experience gained during 4 complex constellation changes in the last 3 years, with more than 200 manoeuvres in total.
Organisation CCLRC , SSTD
Keywords Cluster , operations , Physics
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Language English (EN)
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Paper In Conference Proceedings In 8th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2004 ), Montreal, Canada, 17-21 May 2004, (2004). 2004