[Server-sky] A Couple of Interesting Research Papers

David Bengtson david.bengtson at gmail.com
Thu Jul 11 03:07:37 UTC 2013

Here's one on Planetary observation with networked small satellites


and a more relevant paper on Space Based Distributed Computing


Space-Based Distributed Computing Using a Networked Constellation of Small
Brian C. Gunter Delft University of Technology, 2600 GA Delft, The
Daan C. Maessen Delft University of Technology, 2600 GB Delft, The
DOI: 10.2514/1.A32384
The goal of this study is to explore the feasibility of utilizing a network
of orbiting satellites working as a distributed-
computing array. The satellites are presumed to be low-cost mini- or
microsatellites orbiting Earth or some other
celestial body (i.e., an asteroid, moon, etc.), and should have regular
communication links between the satellites such
that any given satellite can transmit data to any other satellite in the
network; however, as a low-cost and potentially
remotely operated mission scenario, it is assumed that the downlink
bandwidth via Earth-based ground stations will
be very limited. As such, the goal of the networked array of satellites is
to directly compute the data or science product
in orbit as opposed to the traditional scheme of downloading all of the raw
data and processing the results on the
ground. Not all observation techniques will benefit from this space-based
distributed-computing approach, but case
studies involving the gravity-field determination of Earth and other
planetary bodies are provided to highlight the
potential of such systems.
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