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Feature Topic, Vol.17, No.11, 2020 Tracking, Telemetry and Telecommand for Satellite Constellation
Call for Papers -- Feature Topic, Vol.17, No.11, 2020
Tracking, Telemetry and Telecommand for Satellite Constellation
In the traditional tracking, telemetry and telecommand (TT&C) for satellite missions, it is necessary and suitable to choose the centralized control mode, due to the limited number of satellites requiring few ground stations, low ground processing complexity; relatively simple space tasks requiring low ground-based TT&C coverage percentage, which gives the ability to complete the TT&C services during contact periods. Furthermore, in the past the satellite is limited by the on-orbit processing capability, which requires the mission center to supervise the work status of the satellite.
However, the satellite constellations, such as Starlink, OneWeb, Hongyan, Hongyun, are emerging one by one. The number of satellites can achieve several hundreds even several ten thousands. In this case, it could bring about the imbalance between supply and requirement of TT&C services, such as the increase of satellite numbers and 7*24 full-time TT&C requirements vs. the area restricted and number limited ground stations, along with the limited user support capabilities by the tracking and data relay satellite systems (TDRSS). Meanwhile, with the improvement of on-orbit process, intelligence and autonomy, the satellite would provide automatic management, self-monitoring diagnosis and abnormal handling. Since evolution from a single satellite to a satellite constellation represents the general trend, it is necessary to study on the new TT&C technologies for satellite constellation.
The feature topic solicits submissions of manuscripts that represent novel research contributions on technologies, applications, services, architectures, solutions, and standardization activities of TT&C for Satellite Constellation. Papers describing algorithms, models, prototypes, implementations, tools, and paradigms are welcome. Survey papers or visionary articles indicating future directions from different perspectives are also encouraged.
The goal of this feature topic is to present state-of-the-art original research, and latest advances and innovations in key theories, techniques, schemes, applications, and solutions for TT&C, as well as to identify emerging research topics and examine the future. Extended versions of papers published in conferences, symposium, or workshop proceedings may also be submitted.
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020
Acceptance Notification (1st round): July 15, 2020
Revision Due: August 15, 2020
Final Decision Due: August 31, 2020
Final Manuscript Due: September 30, 2020
Publication Date: November 30, 2020
Guest editors
Yafeng Zhan, Tsinghua University, China
Guoting Zhang, Beijing Institute of Tracking, Telemetry and Telecommand, China
Defeng Huang, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Gengxin Zhang, Nanjing University of Posts & Telecommunications, China
Topics include (but not limited to):
Optimization of topological structure for satellite constellation
Routing optimization of inter-satellite-links for satellite constellation
Integration of communication and navigation for satellite constellation
anti-interference of TT&C for satellite constellation
Security of TT&C for satellite constellation
Autonomy of satellite constellation
Expand application of TT&C for satellite constellation
Submission guidelines
This feature topic “Tracking, Telemetry and Telecommand for Satellite Constellation” invites submissions of original, previously unpublished technical papers and visionary articles exploring the architecture, techniques, and applications in TT&C for Satellite Constellation. All submissions will be anonymously peer reviewed and will be evaluated on the basis of their technical content. Potential topics of interest include, but not limited to areas listed above.
Papers should be submitted in two separate .doc files (preferred) or .pdf files: 1) Main Document (including paper title, abstract, key words, and full text); 2) Title page (including paper title, author affiliation, acknowledgement and any other information related with the authors’ identification) through the Manuscript Central. Please register or login at, then go to the author center and follow the instructions there. Remember to select Tracking, Telemetry and Telecommand for Satellite Constellation ---November Issue 2020” as your manuscript type when submitting; otherwise, it might be considered as a regular paper.
Each submission must be accompanied by the following information:
an abstract of about 150 words
3-8 keywords
original photographs with high-resolution (300 dpi or greater); eps. ortif. format is preferred; sequentially numbered references.
sequentially numbered references. The basic reference format is: author name, "article name", issue name (italic), vol., no., page, month, year. for example: Y. M. Huang, "pervateture in wireless heterogeneous…", IEEE Journal on Selected Areas, vol. 27, no. 5, pp 34-50, May, 2009.
brief biographies of authors (50-75 words)
contact information, including email and mailing addresses
Please note that each submission will normally be approximately 4500 words, with no more than 20 mathematical formulas, accomplished by up to 10 figures and/or tables.

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