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A constellation is

[a] number of like satellites that are part of a system. Satellites in a constellation generally have a similar orbit. For example, the Global Positioning System constellation consists of 24 satellites distributed in six orbital planes with similar eccentricities, altitudes, and inclinations.[1]

References Edit

  1. U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Pub. 3-14: Space Operations, Glossary, at GL-6 (Jan. 6, 2009) (full-text).

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