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Towards Generic Planning of Optical Links

Fürbacher, Anna and Fruth, Thomas and Wörle, Maria Theresia and Krenss, Jonas and Dauth, Matthias and Schoutetens, Frederic and Pimentel, Patricia and Saucke, Karen and Mrowka, Falk (2023) Towards Generic Planning of Optical Links. 17th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2023), 06.-10. Mär. 2023, Dubai, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate.

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The paper at hand presents our concept for upcoming space-ground optical Mission Planning systems at DLR GSOC. In cooperation with TESAT we have more than 15 years of operational experience for optical links. We have thoroughly discussed challenges and needs of optical mission planning systems to enable potential customers for deployment of full end-to-end systems. While earlier systems such as TDP-1 (Technical Demonstration Project) or EDRS (European Data Relay System) had individual requirements and interfaces, the new system is capable to consider ad-hoc additional requirements and generic interfaces. This flexibility is a big step towards our goal of a fully interoperable control center infrastructure. We show in the paper at hand how the new concept will be implemented and validated. The developed architecture is based upon the "Program for INteractive Timeline Analysis" (PINTA). PINTA enables the User in this specific use case to manually schedule links from a set of precalculated visibilities and trigger an automated link export for both optical terminals (on ground and in orbit) for their execution. At first, PINTA will be used offline for scheduling the links of the new DLR optical ground station Almería; in the frame of the Global Optical Ground Station Network (GlobeON). The subsequent development step will result in embedding these functionalities in another architecture which builds upon the new generic interfaces, replacing PINTA with the GSOC's generic Reactive Planning framework and its frontend PintaOnWeb for visual support, modification and analysis. This tool suite will allow for automatically triggered incremental planning runs immediately upon reception of new input (e.g. orbit updates, spacecraft and ground station unavailability) instead of manually initiated runs or semi-automated planning at fixed intervals. Finally, more elaborated interactions with the spacecraft and ground station operations and the prediction as well as real-time information about local weather conditions are aimed to be included into the automated planning process.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/196042/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Towards Generic Planning of Optical Links
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Pimentel, PatriciaTesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KGUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Saucke, KarenTesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KGUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mrowka, FalkUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8995-338XUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Mission Planning and Scheduling, Optical Inter-Satellite Communication, Optical Space-To-Ground Communication, Link Management, Direct-To-Earth Scheduling, Reactive Planning
Event Title:17th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2023)
Event Location:Dubai, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:06.-10. Mär. 2023
Organizer:Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
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 - Control Centre Technology
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mission Technology
Deposited By: Fürbacher, Anna
Deposited On:18 Jul 2023 08:35
Last Modified:18 Jul 2023 08:35

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