Original Publication Date: 2000-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Sep-12
Because of their ability to cover the earth, satel- lite constellations are becoming commonly used for the following kinds of applications: 1. Communications 2. Navigation 3. Earth Observation/Weather Large-scale use of constellations has been slowed by the large initial investment required to construct an entire. constellation before any revenue can be generated. Constellation Growth provides a solution to this problem, allowing the business to begin with a smaller number of satellites and adding satellites to a constellation as the business grows. Thus, the size of the constellation can be scaled to fit the business case.