Architectural Optimization Framework for Earth-Observing Heterogeneous Constellations: Marine Weather Forecast Case

Carles Araguz, David Llaveria, Estefany Lancheros, Elisenda Bou-Balust, Adriano Camps, Eduard Alarcón, Stefania Tonetti, Stefania Cornara, Gonzalo Vicario, Ignasi Lluch, Hripsime Matevosyan, Alessandro Golkar (+6 others)
2019 Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets  
Earth observation satellite programs are currently facing, for some applications, the need to deliver hourly revisit times, sub-kilometric spatial resolutions and near-real-time data access times. These stringent requirements, combined with the consolidation of small-satellite platforms and novel distributed architecture approaches, are stressing the need to study the design of new, heterogeneous and heavily networked satellite systems that can potentially replace or complement traditional
more » ... assets. In this context, this paper presents partial results from ONION, a research project devoted to studying distributed satellite systems and their architecting characteristics. A design-oriented framework that allows selecting optimal architectures for a given user needs is presented in this paper. The framework has been used in the study of a strategic use-case and its results are hereby presented. From an initial design space of 5586 potential architectures, the framework has been able to pre-select 28 candidate designs by an exhaustive analysis of their performance and by quantifying their quality attributes. This very
doi:10.2514/1.a34182 fatcat:jqbyzu4qv5b2fabvl7uactlomy