Satellites constellations and formations attract nowadays great attention due to numerous possibilities to provide new and largely acclaimed commercial, institutional and scientific services and applications within reasonable budgets. Satellite constellations offer the base for communication, monitoring, and navigation services. Several satellite formations are already launched or planned for the near future. The unique and novel characteristics of these satellite systems require solutions to new problems of classical flight dynamics disciplines like orbital mechanics, attitude control, guidance and navigation, etc., and trigger innovative ideas in the design and optimisation domains.
IWSCFF is a specialist workshop organised regularly by the IAF Astrodynamics Committee since 1997. It aims at gathering experts, researchers, and engineers from institutions, universities, and industries in order to discuss recent advances in the field of Astrodynamics applied to satellite constellation and formation flying. Previous workshops have been held in Toulouse, France (1997), Haïfa, Israel (2001), Pisa, Italy (2003), Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil (2005), Evpatoria, Ukraine (2008), and Taipei, Taiwan (2010).
The seventh Workshop in this series will take place in Lisbon, Portugal at the Faculty of Science of Lisbon University on 13-15 March 2013.The main topics of the workshop will be as follows:
- Lessons Learnt from Past and Current Missions
- New Mission Concepts
- Mission Analysis and Design
- Deployment and Maintenance
- Guidance, Navigation, and Control
- Services and Operations
- Simulation and Optimisation
Manuscripts will be accepted based on the quality of the extended abstract, the originality of the work and/or ideas, and the anticipated interest in the proposed subject. Submissions that are based on experimental results or current data, or report on ongoing missions, are especially encouraged.
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