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  • Solution for a ground station network providing a high bandwidth and high accessibility data link for nano- and microsatellites.

    Paper number

    IAC-16,B4,3,8,x34546

    Author

    Mr. Giovanni Pandolfi, Leaf Space s.r.l., Italy

    Coauthor

    Mr. Riccardo Albi, Leaf Space s.r.l., Italy

    Coauthor

    Mr. Jonata Puglia, Leaf Space s.r.l., Italy

    Coauthor

    Mr. Quentin Berdal, Institut Supérieur des Sciences Et Techniques (INSSET), France

    Coauthor

    Mr. Raphael DeGroote, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France

    Coauthor

    Mr. Michele Messina, Leaf Space s.r.l., Italy

    Coauthor

    Mr. Ruben Di Battista, Leaf Space s.r.l., Italy

    Coauthor

    Mr. Matteo Emanuelli, Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), France

    Coauthor

    Mr. Daniele Emanuele Chiuri, Institut Supérieur des Sciences Et Techniques (INSSET), France

    Coauthor

    Dr. Thierry Capitaine, Institut Supérieur des Sciences Et Techniques (INSSET), France

    Coauthor

    Mr. Andrea Scaringello, Leaf Space s.r.l., Italy

    Year

    2016

    Abstract
    During the last years, nano- and microsatellite technologies have encountered a fast development materialized in projection of thousands of satellites to be launched in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) in the near future. However, the ground segment has not encountered a similar development leaving a gap in the possibilities of communicating and operating an increased number of satellites. The advent of the huge constellations (e.g. OneWeb, PlanetLabs, Spire, Satellogic etc.) has made clear the necessity of downloading massive amount of data from space simplifying the management of multi-satellite mission. In addition, it will be needed a real-time access to downloaded data for a number of scenarios (e.g. refugees monitoring, disaster management, environment surveillance, etc.) able to fostering also downstream applications. 
    
    In this paper a solution to these issues has been identified by envisioning a global network of 20 autonomous ground stations operating on different frequency bands (VHF, UHF, S-Band, X-Band) with different protocols and modulations, connected on the Internet and operated remotely. The solution proposed has been carried out by Leaf Space srl, an Italian startup based in Milan in collaboration with Université de Picardie Jules Verne, based on innovative ground station scheduling algorithms and tasks automation on commercial hardware, in order to provide a quality, reliable and money-saving alternative to current state-of-the-art.
    Abstract document

    IAC-16,B4,3,8,x34546.brief.pdf

    Manuscript document

    IAC-16,B4,3,8,x34546.pdf (🔒 authorized access only).

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