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Categories: 2016, Government Science and Communication

Cloud Based Services, Highlighting New Gound Stations and Ops Concept

The never-ending growing need for information, the internet of things, affects the space business. This paper describes how the changing world affects our part of the space business, with a focus on ground station network architecture, from geographical location, ground station design, user interface, and service delivery, addressing the current and future needs of ground segment services from upcoming constellations of low earth orbiting earth observation and communication satellites. The future needs force us to re-think the ground station concept as we use to know it.  SSC has implemented a concept for our new service offering SSC Infinity, based on COTS and standard IT components in combination with technology from the space industry. Cloud computing is an essential part of the new architecture which enables scalability, efficiency, and ease of use from a customer perspective. Many constellations planned today will enable the use of smaller ground apertures to lower cost of the ground segment, on the other hand, more stations are needed to handle low latency and to get resilience in the network, especially when frequencies go up and become more weather dependent.  Smart satellite design and SSC Infinity concept of operations will bring ground segment cost down and make it affordable and sustainable. Implementing cloud technology in the design is a way of optimizing terrestrial communication, move processing capacity close to the data source, and enable transparency and accessibility to received data. It also scales from small volumes to infinity.

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Author: Mats Tyni
Topic: Government, Science and Communication

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