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Number: 244/158.4
Name: Aeronautics > Spacecraft > Spacecraft formation, orbit, or interplanetary path
Description: Subject matter including details of an arrangement of plural spacecrafts in orbit about a celestial body or details of a path traveled by the spacecraft in orbit or between planets.

Sub-classes under this class:

Class Number Class Name Patents
244/158.5 Orbit insertion 58
244/158.6 Orbital control 56

Patents under this class:
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8657235 Space debris removal using upper atmosphere and vortex generator Feb. 25, 2014
8655589 System and method for controlling motion of spacecrafts Feb. 18, 2014
8608113 Method for capturing a container of planet-ground samples traveling in open space Dec. 17, 2013
8583297 Method and device for optimization of the mass of a satellite Nov. 12, 2013
8511614 Satellite system providing optimal space situational awareness Aug. 20, 2013
8511617 Satellites and satellite fleet implementation methods and apparatus Aug. 20, 2013
8480036 Methods for optimizing the performance, cost and constellation design of satellites for full and partial earth coverage Jul. 9, 2013
8459596 Sky/space elevators Jun. 11, 2013
8457810 Compound steering law for efficient low thrust transfer orbit trajectory Jun. 4, 2013
8380370 Spacecraft acquisition maneuvers using position-based gyroless control Feb. 19, 2013
8360367 Methods for optimizing the performance, cost and constellation design of satellites for full and partial earth coverage Jan. 29, 2013
8360366 Diamond constellation of non-geostationary satellites for broadband multimedia communications Jan. 29, 2013
8322659 Method for lightening the weight of fuel stowed onboard during an interplanetary mission Dec. 4, 2012
8251315 Formation flight device intended for a solar coronagraphy mission Aug. 28, 2012
8240611 Retro-geo spinning satellite utilizing time delay integration (TDI) for geosynchronous surveillance Aug. 14, 2012
8210480 Hybrid electrostatic space tug Jul. 3, 2012
8205838 Electrostatic spacecraft reorbiter Jun. 26, 2012
8209070 Methods and systems for efficiently orienting an agile vehicle using a gyroscope array Jun. 26, 2012
8180505 Spacecraft solar cell monitoring system May. 15, 2012
8096511 System for controlling the deployment of spacecraft required to fly in formation, by simultaneous and high-precision determination of their positions Jan. 17, 2012
8099186 Satellite navigation using long-term navigation information and autonomous orbit control Jan. 17, 2012
8025002 Planetary impact defense system Sep. 27, 2011
7996119 Method for determining the position of a spacecraft with the aid of a direction vector and an overall spin measurement Aug. 9, 2011
7961386 Low orbit missile-shaped satellite for electro-optical earth surveillance and other missions Jun. 14, 2011
7946533 Optimized land mobile satellite system for North American coverage May. 24, 2011
7832688 Optimized land mobile satellite configuration and steering Nov. 16, 2010
7806369 Ultrahigh altitude sun-synchronous orbit satellite system Oct. 5, 2010
7795566 Exclusion zone guidance method for spacecraft Sep. 14, 2010
7797085 Process for determining the position of a spacecraft with the aid of a directional vector and a total angular momentum measurement Sep. 14, 2010
7744036 Method for designing an orbit of a spacecraft Jun. 29, 2010
7747361 Method of injecting plurality of spacecraft into different orbits individually Jun. 29, 2010
7744037 Calculating method for deducing possibilities of all possible scenarios of satellite members in low earth satellite constellation Jun. 29, 2010
7720604 Stationkeeping optimization for inclined elliptical satellite orbit constellations May. 18, 2010
7693617 Aircraft precision approach control Apr. 6, 2010
7669803 Optimized land mobile satellite system for north american coverage Mar. 2, 2010
7370566 Complimentary retrograde/prograde satellite constellation May. 13, 2008
7313362 High altitude airborne craft used as radio relay and method for placing said airborne craft on station Dec. 25, 2007
7302317 System and method to enhance attitude estimation for transfer orbit maneuver Nov. 27, 2007
7270299 Space based change detection using common ground track constellations Sep. 18, 2007
7258305 Space based change detection using common ground track constellations capable of being configured for multi-manifest launches Aug. 21, 2007
7255308 Solar dominated satellite constellations capable of having repeating common ground tracks Aug. 14, 2007
7228231 Multiple stayout zones for ground-based bright object exclusion Jun. 5, 2007
7219858 Method for deploying multiple spacecraft May. 22, 2007
7198230 Method and system for maximizing satellite constellation coverage Apr. 3, 2007
7051980 Efficient orbit sparing system for space vehicle constellations May. 30, 2006
6892986 Satellite constellations using nodally-adjusted repeating ground track orbits May. 17, 2005
6866231 Method for limiting interference between satellite communications systems Mar. 15, 2005
6851651 Constellation of spacecraft, and broadcasting method using said constellation Feb. 8, 2005
6766987 Satellite system and method of deploying same Jul. 27, 2004
6764049 Artificial satellite with an orbit having a long staying time in a zenith direction, an orbit control method and a communication system therewith Jul. 20, 2004

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