A Rollercoaster Approach to Satellite Re-Positioning

Engineers are revolutionizing active satellite re-positioning with a new method called Project Rollercoaster.

In this fictional demonstration, the Rollercoaster CONOPS is used to survey damage to San Juan after a hurricane strikes Puerto Rico. The Rollercoaster CubeSat achieves a flyby over San Juan in ~27 hours, whereas the ISS (from which it’s deployed) would not have such a viewing opportunity for tens of days.

“If you want to get eyes on the ground, this will enable you to get there in a very short timeline.”

If successful, the Project Rollercoaster method could allow for prompt surveying of natural disasters, provide intelligence during a national security emergency, and serve a host of other applications.

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