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Cluster: Mission Overview and End-of-Life AnalysisThe Cluster mission is part of the scientific programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) and its purpose is the analysis of the Earth's magnetosphere. The Cluster project consists of four satellites. The selected polar orbit has a shape of 4.0 and 19.2 Re which is required for performing measurements near the cusp and the tail of the magnetosphere. When crossing these regions the satellites form a constellation which in most of the cases so far has been a regular tetrahedron. The satellite operations are carried out by the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) at Darmstadt, Germany. The paper outlines the future orbit evolution and the envisaged operations from a Flight Dynamics point of view. In addition a brief summary of the LEOP and routine operations is included beforehand.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Pallaschke, S.
(European Space Agency. European Space Operations Center Darmstadt, Germany)
Munoz, I.
(GMV Aerospace Defence S. A. Darmstadt, Germany)
Rodriquez-Canabal, J.
(European Space Agency. European Space Operations Center Darmstadt, Germany)
Sieg, D.
(EDS Operations Services G.m.b.H. Darmstadt, Germany)
Yde, J. J.
(Terma G.m.b.H. Darmstadt, Germany)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
September 24, 2007
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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