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Scalability and Modularity as Dimensions of Flexibility of a Microsatellite Platform

Jetzschmann, Michael and Dannemann, Frank and Lange, Caroline and Gärtner, Thomas (2017) Scalability and Modularity as Dimensions of Flexibility of a Microsatellite Platform. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC. 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 25.-29. Sep. 2017, Adelaide, Australien.

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The Small Satellite Experimental Platform (S2TEP) is a microsatellite platform, built for technology experiments and small scientific payloads. The platform is designed, integrated and operated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). S2TEP is a supplement to the DLR CompSat minisatellite program (followed by the first mission Eu:CROPIS), and a part of the DLR satellite roadmap. The S2TEP platform is strongly cost-driven: it shall provide fast and frequent access to space and more science for less money. In order to achieve this goal, it is indispensable that the platform is adaptable to different missions, adding only minor cost. Flexibility is a major attribute of such a satellite platform. It determines to what extend a spacecraft bus can be adapted to satisfy the requirements of various missions. But flexibility can increase complexity and, by implication, risk and costs too. To keep the system complexity manageable, it is important to evaluate which degree of flexibility is reasonable. The degree of flexibility can be defined in terms of scalability and modularity. Considering this, the classical mission-driven requirements engineering approach has to be slightly extended. Within this paper, general flexibility requirements for cost-effective microsatellite platforms are derived. It is elaborated what flexibility, scalability, and modularity of a spacecraft, at system level, means. Beyond this, flexibility drivers are identified and the impact on the overall system design is investigated. All findings are illustrated using S2TEP as an example. Concluding, general recommendations for the flexibility of a microsatellite platform design are proposed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/114599/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Scalability and Modularity as Dimensions of Flexibility of a Microsatellite Platform
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Jetzschmann, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1041-5512UNSPECIFIED
Dannemann, FrankUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0636-5866138661065
Lange, CarolineUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1709-3667UNSPECIFIED
Gärtner, ThomasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5404-2482UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:platform-design, microsatellite, flexibility, scalability, modularity, new space
Event Title:68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Event Location:Adelaide, Australien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:25.-29. Sep. 2017
Organizer:International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):Proj Small Satellite Technology Experiment Platform (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Avionics Systems
Deposited By: Jetzschmann, Michael
Deposited On:17 Oct 2017 11:49
Last Modified:14 Jul 2023 11:37

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