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Communication and Infrastructure

Gnat, Marcin and Schmidhuber, Michael (2014) Communication and Infrastructure. In: Spacecraft Operations Springer. pp. 91-118. doi: 10.1007/978-3-7091-1803-0_3. ISBN 978-3-7091-1802-3.

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This chapter describes the design aspects of a typical Mission Control Center (MCC). The German Space Operations Center (GSOC) is taken as an example. The Mission Control Center – as the name implies – is the central ground facility of a space mission. It is the central point where all data and management information concerning the spacecraft are consolidated. These data are received, checked and processed, decisions are made and – in case of an emergency – the respective procedures are performed in order to restore the nominal conditions of the mission. The way how the MCC operates is defined by its design which specifies its capabilities, flexibility and robustness. MCC operations are also defined by the people working within, primarily of course by the Flight Operations Team, but also by all personnel responsible for interfaces and infrastructure. Their work in the background is equally important. Finally, the design of the MCC needs to conform to the customer requirements and provide a safe and secure environment for spacecraft operations. This includes not only purely technical solutions, but also the respective environment for the people working there. Within this chapter we focus on several aspects of the design of a control center. At first the necessary infrastructure is analyzed. Then the design of the local control center network is examined followed by the software needed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/95353/
Document Type:Contribution to a Collection
Title:Communication and Infrastructure
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Schmidhuber, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1655-3155UNSPECIFIED
Date:2 September 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Spacecraft Operations
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 91-118
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Schmidhuber, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1655-3155UNSPECIFIED
Keywords:Mission Control Center, GSOC, Ground Facility, Design of Control Center
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 - Raumflugbetrieb / Missionstechnologie (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Communication and Ground Stations
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mission Operations
Deposited By: Schneider, Beatrice
Deposited On:06 Mar 2015 13:19
Last Modified:02 Aug 2023 15:56

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