ISSN 2070-7401 (Print), ISSN 2411-0280 (Online)
Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2016, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 43-50

On technology of combined use of small satellites

L.A. Grishantseva 1 , D.I. Bubnenkov 1 , N.A. Egorova 1 , A.A. Emelianov 1 , V.A. Selin 1 
1 JSC «Russian Space Systems», Moscow, Russia
Accepted: 15.11.2016
DOI: 10.21046/2070-7401-2016-13-6-43-50
Latest analysis of Earth remote sensing technologies reveals a tendency towards remote sensing applications using groups of small satellites. Such space-based systems can be developed both as a small number of dissimilar satellites performing different functions and as a large group of identical units interchangeable with each other. The paper deals with features of soft- and hardware technologies currently used by the Russian space remote sensing systems operator to enable operations of a constellation of small satellites. The major drawbacks of the technologies are: (a) manual interaction between planning and processing software units, as various types of software were created by different developers for different satellites; (b) lack of automatic distribution of the satellites’ information resources in terms of customer orders and technical limitations of ground infrastructure. This leads to a large number of time-consuming manual operations to distribute the orders between satellites. The paper suggests new technological principles of combined use of small satellites enabling automation of operators’ functions.
Keywords: complex use, remote sensing, small satellites, planning and proceeding
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