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Geocentric Spherical Surfaces Emulating the Geostationary Orbit at Any Latitude with Zenith Links

Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB), Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32, 20133 Milan, Italy
Future Internet 2020, 12(1), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12010016
Received: 15 December 2019 / Revised: 12 January 2020 / Accepted: 15 January 2020 / Published: 18 January 2020
According to altitude, the orbits of satellites constellations can be divided into geostationary Earth orbit (GEO), medium Earth orbit (MEO), and low Earth orbit (LEO) constellations. We propose to use a Walker star constellation with polar orbits, at any altitude, to emulate the geostationary orbit with zenith paths at any latitude. Any transmitter/receiver will be linked to a satellite as if the site were at the equator and the satellite at the local zenith. This constellation design can have most of the advantages of the current GEO, MEO, and LEO constellations, without having most of their drawbacks. Doppler phenomena are largely minimized because the connected satellite is always seen almost at the local zenith. The extra free-space loss, due to the fixed pointing of all antennas, is at most 6 dBs when the satellite enters or leaves the service area. The connections among satellites are easy because the positions in the orbital plane and in adjacent planes are constant, although with variable distances. No steering antennas are required. The tropospheric propagation fading and scintillations are minimized. Our aim is to put forth the theoretical ideas about this design, to which we refer to as the geostationary surface (GeoSurf) constellation. View Full-Text
Keywords: satellite constellations; walker star; GeoSurf; zenith paths satellite constellations; walker star; GeoSurf; zenith paths
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Matricciani, E. Geocentric Spherical Surfaces Emulating the Geostationary Orbit at Any Latitude with Zenith Links. Future Internet 2020, 12, 16.

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