Virtual Mission Operations of Remote Sensors with Rapid Access To/From Space

  • William Ivancic, David Stewart, Eric Miller, James Northam, Lloyd Wood, John Taylor
  • April 2010, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • DOI: 10.2514/6.2010-2305

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This paper describes network-centric operations, where a virtual mission operations center autonomously receives sensor triggers, and schedules space and ground assets using Internet-based technologies and service-oriented architectures. For proof-of-concept purposes, sensor triggers are received from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to determine targets for space-based sensors. The Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) Disaster Monitoring Constellation satellite, the UK-DMC, is used as the space-based sensor. The UK-DMC’s availability is determined via machine-to-machine communications using SSTL’s mission planning system. Access to/from the UK-DMC for tasking and sensor data is via SSTL’s and Universal Space Network’s (USN) ground assets. The availability and scheduling of USN’s assets can also be performed autonomously via machine-to-machine communications. All communication, both on the ground and between ground and space, uses open Internet standards.


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