Traffic prediction model for broadband microsatellites constellations

Roman Korobkov, Petr Mukhachev, Dmitry Pritykin

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This study is a part of a general constellation design project conducted in Skoltech Space Center. The main objective of our work is to outline and validate a procedure to derive preliminary requirements for a microsatellite in a constellation to provide global internet service. Thus, we consider an orbital motion of all satellites within a given constellation pattern (e.g. Walker delta, Walker star, some flower constellation line-ups, etc.), the service provided to potential global customers (accounting for the satellite coverage geometry, world population density models, and the internet traffic demand). The latter models are based on the 2020 NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center gridded population count map. For more precise predictions, the following factors are taken into account for each point in the satellite field of view: time (accurate to one hour), population, country and internet penetration rate in that country respectively. Finally, given the estimated required single-satellite link-budget, we proceed to analyze an inter-satellite laser communication subsystem, which, in turn, drives the requirements to attitude control and electrical power satellite subsystems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th IAA Conference on UNIVERSITY SATELLITE MISSIONS AND CUBESAT WORKSHOP, 2020
EditorsFilippo Graziani
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780877036715
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event5th IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and Cubesat Workshop, 2020 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 28 Jan 202031 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Conference5th IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and Cubesat Workshop, 2020


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