Satellite Constellation Missions with FreeFlyer® Astrodynamics Software

July 4, 2019

Flying multiple satellites in formation within a constellation or cluster is a complex task: coordinated orbital maintenance maneuvers, efficient collision avoidance analysis, and combined coverage over geographical regions all require the right tools. a.i. solutions’ FreeFlyer Astrodynamics software is packed with capabilities that allows you to design a constellation to your specifications and perform the analyses needed to ensure your mission’s success.

Using FreeFlyer’s powerful scripting language, you can create Mission Plans to model coverage, maneuvering, and communications among an autonomous swarm of satellites for pre-mission analysis, then deploy those mission plans to your Flight Dynamics System for operations.

Figure 1: Custom Walker Region Coverage Over CONUS.

FreeFlyer has the ability to easily model an unlimited number of satellites using our built-in Formation Object.  Whether it is the 4 Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) satellites for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center or future satellite mega-constellations, it’s as easy as clicking a few buttons or typing a few lines of script.

With the same high-fidelity astrodynamics software package used to model maneuvers and perform orbit determination, you can also create stunning visualizations and mission operations displays for situational awareness.

Figure 2: FreeFlyer Custom Visualization Demonstrating Tetrahedral Formation Quality and Earth’s Magnetic Field for the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission.

With FreeFlyer, you get all the tools in one package—no add-ons for additional functionality are required to plan your next constellation mission. Evaluate FreeFlyer today and see why it is the premier, affordable, astrodynamics tool for your mission design, analysis, and operations world-wide.

From all of us at a.i. solutions, we wish you a happy and safe Independence Day!

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