Design of Mega-Constellations of LEO Satellites for Positioning

Xingchi He, Urs Hugentobler

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With the huge potential of the GNSS market and thousands of LEO satellites in space in the future, a novel way is to use these LEO mega-constellations for positioning. In order to fulfil this purpose, the first step is to build a constellation that could be used for both communication and positioning. This paper discusses about some critical issues when designing LEO mega-constellations for positioning. By statistically analyzing from different perspectives, it is shown that in order to get a more uniform distribution of the number of visible satellites along latitude, the combination of different constellations together as a whole could be much more appealing. Meanwhile, in this paper, we did some preliminary work about how to determine some important parameters to get the most suitable combination. The selection of inclinations, orbit heights, number of combined constellations, and ratio of the number of satellites in each constellation will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChina Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC) 2018 Proceedings - Volume I
EditorsJiadong Sun, Changfeng Yang, Shuren Guo
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9789811300042
StatePublished - 2018
Event9th China Satellite Navigation Conference, CSNC 2018 - Harbin, China
Duration: 23 May 201825 May 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Electrical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1876-1100
ISSN (Electronic)1876-1119


Conference9th China Satellite Navigation Conference, CSNC 2018


  • Combined constellation
  • Constellation design
  • GNSS
  • LEO satellite
  • Walker constellation


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