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Artificial Satellites

The Journal of Space Research Centre of Polish Academy of Sciences

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Volume 50, Issue 4


Orbit Design and Simulation for Kufasat Nanosatellite

Mohammed Chessab Mahdi
Published Online: 2015-12-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arsa-2015-0013


Orbit design for KufaSat Nano-satellites is presented. Polar orbit is selected for the KufaSat mission. The orbit was designed with an Inclination which enables the satellite to see every part of the earth. KufaSat has a payload for imaging purposes which require a large amount of power, so the orbit is determined to be sun synchronous in order to provide the power through solar panels. The KufaSat mission is designed for the low earth orbit. The six initial Keplerian Elements of KufaSat are calculated. The orbit design of KufaSat according to the calculated Keplerian elements has been simulated and analyzed by using MATLAB first and then by using General Mission Analysis Tool.

Keywords: Orbit design; Orbit simulation; General Mission Analysis Tool; Nanosatellite; KufaSat


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About the article

Received: 2015-07-23

Revised: 2015-10-19

Accepted: 2015-10-27

Published Online: 2015-12-12

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Artificial Satellites, Volume 50, Issue 4, Pages 157–168, ISSN (Online) 2083-6104, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arsa-2015-0013.

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