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Rethinking Ground Systems: Supporting New Mission Types through Modularity and Standardization

Gärtner, Stefan and Geyer, Michael P. and Hackel, Stefan and Hauke, Armin and O'Meara, Corey and Wasser, Yi (2018) Rethinking Ground Systems: Supporting New Mission Types through Modularity and Standardization. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. SpaceOps 2018 - 15th International Conference on Space Operations, 28. Mai - 01. Jun. 2018, Marseille, Frankreich. DOI: 10.2514/6.2018-2597

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2018-2597


We begin to see an increase in the diversity of today's space missions: Small student-designed satellites, unique scientific missions and fleets of commercial spacecraft are just a few of those mission types. In order to cater for new demands on the ground system and to offer customer-tailored solutions we started to rethink the foundations of the German Space Operations Center (GSOC) ground system in terms of a service-oriented architecture approach using standardized technology, mainly CCSDS Mission Operations services. We show how we modularize our ground system, identify and clearly name the mission functions present in the current system complete with timing information and data size requirements. We illustrate this process by employing a concrete prototypical mission with involvement across all departments from antenna control, data processing to mission planning and flight dynamics, and hint at the challenges encountered along the way. The chosen technical solution is motivated and explained, and aspects of deployment, performance, and security are discussed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124642/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Rethinking Ground Systems: Supporting New Mission Types through Modularity and Standardization
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Gärtner, StefanStefan.Gaertner (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4077-9851
Geyer, Michael P.Michael.Geyer (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9401-8209
Hackel, Stefanstefan.hackel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hauke, Arminarmin.hauke (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
O'Meara, CoreyCorey.OMeara (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wasser, YiYi.Wasser (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2018
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.2514/6.2018-2597
Publisher:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Series Name:SpaceOps Conferences
Keywords:standardization, mission operations, service-oriented architecture, satellite, ground system
Event Title:SpaceOps 2018 - 15th International Conference on Space Operations
Event Location:Marseille, Frankreich
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:28. Mai - 01. Jun. 2018
Organizer:Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales CNES
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Raumflugbetrieb / Missionstechnologie
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mission Operations
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Communication and Ground Stations
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Deposited By: Gärtner, Stefan
Deposited On:11 Dec 2018 16:10
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:22

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