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Telemetry Reception and Commanding with a Low Cost Ground Station for the Small Satellite BIRD

Kayal, H. and Lauterbach, A. (2002) Telemetry Reception and Commanding with a Low Cost Ground Station for the Small Satellite BIRD. In: etc 2002, European Telemetry Conference with Exhibition, pp. 174-184. Döring Druck, Druckerei und Verlag GmbH, Braunschweig. European Telemetry Conference etc 2002, 27.-30.05.02.

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Abstract

An increasing demand for low-cost ground stations, which can receive images from operational environmental satellites as well as from dedicated small satellites such as BIRD can be observed in the current decade. In the latter case, the motivation of using such low-cost ground stations can reduce the overall project costs or test new technologies. The objectives of the Experimental Ground Station (EGS), which was developed in the frame of the small satellite project BIRD are: - Investigation and demonstration of direct user reception of regional data from earth observing satellites with a "low-cost" ground station, - Analysis of autonomous activity capabilities, including high level image processing and alarm generation, such as new fire detection algorithms, - Experimental tests for mission operations (commanding). The basic idea of the EGS consist in the philosophy to give the user only regional limited data, for which a high performance ground station is not necessary. Thus the data volume to be received can be reduced. Many local authorities, such as agriculture or fire combat departments for example, needs only regional limited data to do a more efficient work in their region. The basic idea of the EGS is therefore, to analyze the capabilities and limits of a low-cost ground station, which outputs only the data, which is needed by the local end-user. The antenna size of such a Station can be small, which is one of the important cost drivers. The low-cost aspect of the system leads to a design, which incorporates the extensive use of existing commercial-of-the-shelf (COTS) hard- and software. A common PC with a Pentium class CPU is used for data reception and processing as well as for commanding. In order to have a compact size and a easy transportable system, most of the baseband hardware is built into the PC. The software for the data reception os not only storing the data on a local disk but also processes and displays the online telemetry. Payload data can be processed with separate tools, which use algorithms developed by DLR. The software for uplink of telecommands allow also to send software files to the satellite, which can be used to update the on-board software or to support the classification algorithm.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2002,
Title:Telemetry Reception and Commanding with a Low Cost Ground Station for the Small Satellite BIRD
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Kayal, H.UNSPECIFIED
Lauterbach, A.UNSPECIFIED
Date:2002
Journal or Publication Title:etc 2002, European Telemetry Conference with Exhibition
Page Range:pp. 174-184
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Arbeitskreis Telemetrie e. V., UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Döring Druck, Druckerei und Verlag GmbH, Braunschweig
Series Name:Proceedings
Status:Published
Keywords:low-cost ground station, small satellite, BIRD,
Event Title:European Telemetry Conference etc 2002, 27.-30.05.02
Organizer:Arbeitskreis Telemetrie e.V.
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institut für Weltraumsensorik und Planetenerkundung
Deposited By: Ute Dombrowski
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 19:04

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