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The design of efficient communication mechanisms for small satellite networks is a challenging task, requiring the definition and implementations of specific protocols and architectures appropriate to space's critical conditions. In this paper, the authors have proposed a specific nanosatellite mission and they have evaluated various nanosatellite constellations, using SaVi simulator, in order to identify the best constellation which satisfies mission requirements in terms of coverage and minimal number of nanosatellites. Next, XSTP (eXtended Satellite Transport Protocol) has been identified as candidate protocol for nanosatellite networks.
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