This page shows a simulation of the use of stratospheric
satellite platforms to achieve reconnaissance objectives.
There are 100 platforms arranged along two latitude
bands. Outside the magenta circle, the platforms are
commanded to maintain 37° N latitude or 23°
N latitude. Within the circle, the platforms use "look
ahead" trajectory simulations to overfly a point
at 34.5° N latitude and 69.2° E longitude.
This example summer simulation runs for 15 days from
15 June 2000 to 30 June 2000. The position of each stratospheric
platform is represented by a red dot. Yellow circles
represent the locus of points that emit to the balloons
with an elevation angle of 2 degrees or more. The green
areas indicate overlap. Each frame of the simulation
represents 4 hours of the evolution of the network.