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Preparation, Handover, and Conduction of PRISMA Mission Operations at GSOC

Faller, Ralf und Ohndorf, Andreas und Schlepp, Benjamin und Eberle, Sabrina (2012) Preparation, Handover, and Conduction of PRISMA Mission Operations at GSOC. 63rd Inernational Astronautical Conress, IAC2012, 01-05 Oct 2012, Naples, Italy.

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The experimental satellite project PRISMA was initiated in 2005 by Sweden, France, Denmark, and Germany, with the Swedish Space Cooperation (SSC) as the project lead. The purpose was the demonstration of necessary techniques and the validation of the respective sensor technology for future missions that involve close formation flight and rendezvous in space. At that time, the German Aerospace Center DLR was not only involved in providing satellite GPS hardware and navigation software components but also as one of the experimenters for GPS-based navigation and autonomous formation flight. The idea of also conduction a part of the flight operations phase from Germany came into discussion at the end of 2009, with the purpose of sharing mission operations cost. This was agreed by Sweden and Germany shortly before launch of the two PRISMA satellites, which took place in June 2010. Nine months later, mission operations were handed over from SSC’s control center in Solna, Stockholm, to the German Space Operations Center (GSOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. After successful operations by GSOC, the re-hand over of the mission back to Solna was performed in August 2011. The baseline concept for the German PRISMA ground segment foresaw cloning of the Swedish ground segment developed by SSC at GSOC to minimize the development and test effort, but specific adaptations were needed to integrate PRISMA into GSOC’s multimission environment. Furthermore, the original station network, which consisted only of the Kiruna ground station in North Sweden, was extended by two additional DLR ground stations in Weilheim, Germany, and in Inuvik, Canada. That extension proved especially beneficial to the shift concept. Another important aspect was the training of the German operations personnel in a short time. This was realized by training on the job concept, which kept the additional workload for teaching and training on acceptable levels and at the same time supported the Swedish flight operations team during their operations phase. This paper gives an overview of the GSOC ground segment and the flight operations activities. It reflects the challenges with regard to personnel and to the technical implementation of PRISMA flight operations at GSOC with limited available time. It also summarizes the lessons learned after five months of successful flight operations.

Dokumentart:Konferenzbeitrag (Paper)
Titel:Preparation, Handover, and Conduction of PRISMA Mission Operations at GSOC
Autoren:
AutorenInstitution oder E-Mail-Adresse der Autoren
Faller, Ralfralf.faller@dlr.de
Ohndorf, Andreasandreas.ohndorf@dlr.de
Schlepp, Benjaminbenjamin.schlepp@dlr.de
Eberle, Sabrinasabrina.eberle@dlr.de
Datum:5 Oktober 2012
Status:veröffentlicht
Stichwörter:PRISMA, mission operations, GSOC
Veranstaltungstitel:63rd Inernational Astronautical Conress, IAC2012
Veranstaltungsort:Naples, Italy
Veranstaltungsart:internationale Konferenz
Veranstaltungsdatum:01-05 Oct 2012
Veranstalter :International Astronautical Federation
HGF - Forschungsbereich:Verkehr und Weltraum (alt)
HGF - Programm:Weltraum (alt)
HGF - Programmthema:W - keine Zuordnung
DLR - Schwerpunkt:Weltraum
DLR - Forschungsgebiet:W - keine Zuordnung
DLR - Teilgebiet (Projekt, Vorhaben):W -- keine Zuordnung (alt)
Standort: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institute & Einrichtungen:Raumflugbetrieb und Astronautentraining > Missions- Betrieb
Hinterlegt von: Ralf Faller
Hinterlegt am:16 Nov 2012 09:32
Letzte Änderung:12 Dez 2013 21:51

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