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Number: 244/158.6
Name: Aeronautics > Spacecraft > Spacecraft formation, orbit, or interplanetary path > Orbital control
Description: Subject matter including a process or specific means for controlling the spacecraft so as to maintain an orbit or set a new orbit.

Sub-classes under this class:

Class Number Class Name Patents
244/158.7 Aerobraking 17
244/158.8 Automatic 37

Patents under this class:
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8579235 Technique for de-orbiting small debris from the near-earth space environment Nov. 12, 2013
8469314 Technique for de-orbiting small debris from the near-earth space environment Jun. 25, 2013
8448903 Longitude-drift phase plane control with continuous or quasi-continuous maneuvers May. 28, 2013
8262028 Spacecraft and method for operating the spacecraft Sep. 11, 2012
8210480 Hybrid electrostatic space tug Jul. 3, 2012
8209070 Methods and systems for efficiently orienting an agile vehicle using a gyroscope array Jun. 26, 2012
8205838 Electrostatic spacecraft reorbiter Jun. 26, 2012
8180505 Spacecraft solar cell monitoring system May. 15, 2012
8099186 Satellite navigation using long-term navigation information and autonomous orbit control Jan. 17, 2012
8052092 Method and apparatus for satellite orbital change using space debris Nov. 8, 2011
8025002 Planetary impact defense system Sep. 27, 2011
7946533 Optimized land mobile satellite system for North American coverage May. 24, 2011
7823836 Optimal sun safe attitude for satellite ground tracking Nov. 2, 2010
7744037 Calculating method for deducing possibilities of all possible scenarios of satellite members in low earth satellite constellation Jun. 29, 2010
7747361 Method of injecting plurality of spacecraft into different orbits individually Jun. 29, 2010
7693619 Method and system for controlling sets of collinear control moment gyroscopes with offset determination without attitude trajectory of spacecraft Apr. 6, 2010
7690602 Satellite active motion damping Apr. 6, 2010
7669803 Optimized land mobile satellite system for north american coverage Mar. 2, 2010
7587325 Method of insuring against satellite launch failure Sep. 8, 2009
7513459 Method and associated apparatus for capturing, servicing, and de-orbiting earth satellites using robotics Apr. 7, 2009
7454272 Geostationary stationkeeping method Nov. 18, 2008
7438264 Method and associated apparatus for capturing, servicing and de-orbiting earth satellites using robotics Oct. 21, 2008
7313362 High altitude airborne craft used as radio relay and method for placing said airborne craft on station Dec. 25, 2007
7293743 Method and associated apparatus for capturing, servicing, and de-orbiting earth satellites using robotics Nov. 13, 2007
7240879 Method and associated apparatus for capturing, servicing and de-orbiting earth satellites using robotics Jul. 10, 2007
7219858 Method for deploying multiple spacecraft May. 22, 2007
6892987 Predicting, bounding and mitigating satellite attitude disturbances arising from infrared earth sensors for satellites in inclined, elliptical orbits May. 17, 2005
6845950 System for high efficiency spacecraft orbit transfer Jan. 25, 2005
6824107 Artificial satellite with an orbit having a long staying time in a zenith direction, an orbit control method and a communication system therewith Nov. 30, 2004
6725012 Method for deploying an orbiting sparse array antenna Apr. 20, 2004
6672542 Method and system for controlling the eccentricity of a near-circular orbit Jan. 6, 2004
6616104 Spacecraft configuration and attitude steering method for highly inclined orbit (HIO) communications Sep. 9, 2003
6553286 Spacecraft constellation formation keeping using inter-spacecraft distance measurement Apr. 22, 2003
6491257 Technique for satellite constellation growth Dec. 10, 2002
6464174 Round-trip orbital operation of a spacecraft Oct. 15, 2002
6457679 Method for maintaining the position of geostationary satellites Oct. 1, 2002
6459206 System and method for adjusting the orbit of an orbiting space object using an electrodynamic tether and micro-fabricated field emission device Oct. 1, 2002
6445981 Controller and control method for satellite orbit-keeping maneuvers Sep. 3, 2002
6431496 Method and apparatus for operating satellites in orbit Aug. 13, 2002
6424890 Method and apparatus for satellite orbit interpolation using piecewise hermite interpolating polynomials Jul. 23, 2002
6364252 Method of using dwell times in intermediate orbits to optimize orbital transfers and method and apparatus for satellite repair Apr. 2, 2002
6336612 Satellite system and method of deploying same Jan. 8, 2002
6296205 RF inspection satellite Oct. 2, 2001
6237876 Methods for using satellite state vector prediction to provide three-axis satellite attitude control May. 29, 2001
6188874 Control and telemetry signal communication system for geostationary satellites Feb. 13, 2001
6116544 Electrodynamic tether and method of use Sep. 12, 2000
6097997 Low energy method for changing the inclinations of orbiting satellites using weak stability boundaries and a computer process for implementing same Aug. 1, 2000
6017000 Apparatus and methods for in-space satellite operations Jan. 25, 2000
6015116 Fuel efficient methods for satellite stationkeeping and momentum dumping Jan. 18, 2000
5810295 Method and apparatus for a satellite station keeping Sep. 22, 1998

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