Satellite Ballet by Flower Constellations

Daniele Mortari
Renaissance Banff: Mathematics, Music, Art, Culture (2005)
Pages 381–382


In recent years, satellite constellations and constellations around planets received a great deal of attention. However, to date, only simple string-of-pearl type simple constellations have been flown in Earth observing missions. The challenge lies in the difficult and high cost of maintaining non-trivial constellations that have prevented this technology from blossoming. The Flower Constellations solutions not only solve the constellation maintenance problem, but also provide a new capability for global 3D spatial observations around the planets. In other words, they create space art as shown in Figures 1 and 2.