Daniele Mortari, a professor with Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, will present the invited lecture “Flower Constellations for Future Space Missions” at the ESTEL Conference in Rome, Italy on October 4, 2012. This international conference on Communication and Navigation Technologies and it is sponsored by IEEE, European Space Agency, and European Satellite Operator Association. Mortari will present the most recent findings in the area of constellation design by showing solutions for current and futuristic applications.
Professor Mortari works in the field of spacecraft dynamics and control at Texas A&M University’s Aerospace Engineering department. During his 30-year career, he has made contributions to his field in two key areas: spacecraft attitude and orbit estimation and spacecraft constellations design. Professor Mortari has developed an entirely new class of spacecraft constellations, the “Flower Constellations.” This opens the new area of shape-preserving constellations and increases the dimensionality of the current solutions for space missions such as global/regional observation, global navigation, communication, and radio occultation.
ESTEL Conference, being held October 2-5, is the first international IEEE-AESS conference in Europe dedicated to telecommunications via satellite for advanced services and applications, architectures, technologies and terminals. The meeting welcomes the most important international experts in the sectors of satellite communications, antennas, navigation systems, integrated satellite systems, sensing and electronic systems engineering, emerging technologies, and relative value added services and applications.
The program is designed to raise the interest of a wide group of operators and decision makers from satellite telecommunications by presenting the most innovative solutions in this field from the technological point of view, but also concerning all possible applications with the aim to improve the quality of life. The ultimate goal is to create a multidisciplinary conference where operators and scientists from various complementary disciplines can meet and discuss subjects of common interest in the different fields of satellite communications. The emphasis will be on applications-oriented research and development, from antennas, devices and components to the most updated systems and software.