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A Mobile and Compact Control Center for Quick Decentral Satellite Access

Gärtner, Stefan and Harder, Norbert and Hartung, Jens and Hobsch, Markus and Weigel, Martin (2022) A Mobile and Compact Control Center for Quick Decentral Satellite Access. In: Space Operations: Beyond Boundaries to Human Endeavours Springer Aerospace Technology (1). Springer. pp. 419-446. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-94628-9_19. ISBN 978-3-030-94627-2. ISSN 1869-1730.

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Official URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-94628-9_19


Compact and inexpensive Earth observation satellites in low Earth orbit are now routinely developed by universities, "New Space" businesses, and space agencies. They enable new opportunities for fast turnaround times of imaging data takes, which is e.g. particularly important for disaster response. For this kind of satellites and the missions enabled by them a ground system exhibiting the same characteristics, namely being compact and mobile, yet inexpensive and flexible, is desired. We present DLR's approach for the provisioning of a ground segment fit for these kinds of "Responsive Space" missions. The objective of this project consists of the engineering, delivery, and demonstration of a compact and yet complete Mission Operations System, runnable on commodity mobile hardware, enabling fully automated workflow-driven operations of alike missions from anywhere in the world with access to a ground station or ground station network. Just as disasters strike suddenly, the ground segment needs to be set up and spun up in a timely manner. This leads to the requirement of being able to quickly roll out the system on new hardware, possibly even several of these systems in parallel. Our paper provides insight on how we perform the automatic deployment and provisioning. Because the system is supposed to be decentralized and used in the field, particular challenges need to be overcome resulting from the lack of all of the infrastructure typically present in conventional control centers, such as network connectivity. An embedded Flight Dynamics System is taking care of automated orbit determination and related event generation to support the mission needs and maneuver capabilities. Special effort is made to cope with auxiliary data that may not be updated on a regular basis in a closed mission environment. The feasibility of the concept is demonstrated by a first system deployment as drop-in replacement for the existing conventional Mission Operations System for DLR's BIROS satellite at the GSOC control center. A second demonstration campaign is performed from a remote location without access to control center infrastructure.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/185809/
Document Type:Contribution to a Collection
Title:A Mobile and Compact Control Center for Quick Decentral Satellite Access
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Gärtner, StefanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4077-9851UNSPECIFIED
Date:16 March 2022
Journal or Publication Title:Space Operations: Beyond Boundaries to Human Endeavours
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 419-446
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Schmidhuber, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1655-3155UNSPECIFIED
Series Name:Springer Aerospace Technology
Keywords:Responsive Space, control center technology, V3C, laptop
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):R - Responsive Space, R - Control Centre Technology
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mission Technology
Responsive Space Cluster Competence Center
Deposited By: Gärtner, Stefan
Deposited On:23 Mar 2022 11:02
Last Modified:17 Mar 2024 03:00

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