SFL and DSI demonstrate enabling technology for low-cost asteroid missions and constellations
The world’s first demonstration of autonomous spacecraft maneuvering was recently completed by Silicon Valley-based Deep Space Industries (DSI) and the Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of Toronto, Canada. Using their highly-successful CanX-4 and CanX-5 pair of nanosatellites, SFL operators executed a DSI-defined experiment on-orbit, in which the world’s first spacecraft-to-spacecraft orbit maneuver was commanded by one satellite and executed by the other.
In this experiment, one of the two spacecraft (CanX-4) autonomously programmed the other (CanX-5) to perform an orbit change using its on-board propulsion system, over a shared S-band Inter-Satellite Link (ISL) radio. CanX-5 subsequently executed the maneuver, raising its orbit, as confirmed by operators at SFL’s Mission Control Center (MCC) in Toronto and data from the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
To the best of each organization’s knowledge, this is the first time in history that one satellite has autonomously commanded another to execute propulsive maneuvers, with no operator in the loop.
“This experiment was a key demonstration of a critical capability for multi-spacecraft asteroid missions, as well as constellations of spacecraft in Earth orbit,” said Grant Bonin, DSI’s Chief Engineer. “It was also a first step in demonstrating ship-to-shore command relay in-space, which could potentially reduce the difficulty of communicating with very small spacecraft at long range.”
“The experiment was an important risk reduction exercise for DSI, which intends to use small spacecraft for initial asteroid prospecting missions in the next five years,” Bonin continued. “The ability to relay commands from spacecraft to spacecraft, and perform in-space maneuvers autonomously, without operator intervention, is a critical capability that has major implications for mission-level redundancy—not just for asteroid missions, but also for low-cost Earth orbit constellations. This also shows that, if necessary, we can take the operator entirely out of the loop during a mission, which can translate into significant savings.”
Read more: Deep Space Industries teams with UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory to demonstrate autonomous spacecraft maneuvering – via Deep Space Industries
The Latest on: Nanosatellites
via Google News
The Latest on: Nanosatellites
- NASA Hack Space: August 2013on June 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Nanosatellites are smartphone-sized spacecraft that can perform simple, yet valuable, space missions. Dozens of these little vehicles are now tirelessly orbiting the earth performing valuable ...
- Nanosatellite and Microsatellite Market Size is Determined to Cross a Value of USD 6,111.8 million by 2026on June 16, 2020 at 6:56 pm
utm_source=marketwatch.com&utm_medium=VSD The various applications of nanosatellites and microsatellites include earth observation, communication, technology demonstration, biological ...
- Monaco’s own Space Program Blasts Skywards with High Tech NanoSatelliteson June 16, 2020 at 12:54 am
The launch of OSM1 CICERO, the very first satellite made in the Principality, is scheduled for June 18th at 22:51 (local time) from the Kourou space center ...
- Sateliot's Smallsat Constellation Plan Calls for $113 Million in Investmentson June 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm
The company, led by Jaume Sanpera and other founders of the Eurona satellite telecommunications company, will deploy a constellation of up to 100 nanosatellites over the next two years that will ...
- Astrocast, Vertical M2M partner on industrial IoT through nanosatelliteson June 10, 2020 at 2:09 am
Astrocast and Vertical M2M entered a partnership to enhance delivery of IoT products for the oil and gas, smart farming, and transportation and logistics industries. Together, the companies will ...
- Astrocast, Vertical M2M partner to bring two ways communication IoT products to industries through nanosatelliteson June 10, 2020 at 1:11 am
Astrocast and Vertical M2M entered a partnership to enhance delivery of IoT products for the Oil & Gas, Smart Farming and Transportation and logistics industries. Together, the companies will ...
- Will Research In Space Make Science Fiction Come True?on June 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Interest in nanosatellites is especially high, a segment that includes lightweight CubeSats that can escape Earth relatively inexpensively. They’re about the size of a loaf of bread and are easy to ...
- ISRO set to launch Cartosat-3, 13 nanosatellites from US on Nov 25on November 19, 2019 at 11:08 am
New Delhi , Nov 19 : Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday informed that it is set to launch Cartosat-3 and 13 Nanosatellites of the US from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in ...
- Venezuela pins hopes on Russia, China in developing nanosatelliteson June 17, 2019 at 6:03 pm
CARACAS, May 24. /TASS/. Venezuela plans to deliver its own nanosatellites to the orbit and hopes for assistance from Russia and China in this, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday.
- In the age of ‘shoebox’ satellites, this space-tech startup by two student entrepreneurs is primed for take-offon May 26, 2019 at 4:47 pm
But that’s quickly changing, thanks to a surge in demand for ‘shoebox’-sized satellites, or nanosatellites that weigh anywhere between 1 and 10 kg. In India too, the growing popularity of ...
via Bing News