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Identifying Retrofitting Opportunities for Federated Satellite Systems

Akhtyamov, Rustam and Vingerhoeds, Rob A. and Golkar, Alessandro Identifying Retrofitting Opportunities for Federated Satellite Systems. (2019) Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 56 (3). 1-11. ISSN 0022-4650

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.2514/1.A34196


This paper aims at identifying retrofitting possibilities to incorporate existing spacecraft into a network of federated satellite systems. The paper presents a systematic review of possible retrofitting options, such as direct modifications including replacement and addition of interfaces, and indirect modifications through the addition of intermediary federated negotiators. The paper considers existing frequency regulations for the analysis in the technical domain, but does not take into consideration how complex or time-consuming any legislative changes might be. Although the paper concludes that direct modifications of existing satellites are nonfeasible from a technical point of view, it identifies a possible scenario of retrofitting by adding intermediary negotiator satellites. The link budget for the intersatellite link between an existing satellite mission, such as SPOT-6, and a conceptual satellite negotiator was estimated. The work concludes that from a link budget point of view and existing technology, such a configuration can provide a slant range from several hundred to thousands of kilometers. The work defines models for trade-off analysis identifying correlations between satellite negotiator parameters and the number of covered satellites. The paper concludes proposing several possible satellite negotiator architectures and high-level technical requirements based on analysis of characteristics of existing and planned satellites.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02158593
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology - Skoltech (RUSSIA)
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Deposited On:17 Jun 2019 09:43

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