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1 The Critical Role of CubeSat Spacecraft in a Multi-Tier Mission for Mars Exploration JEREMY STRAUB DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

2 Overview  What is a multi-tier architecture?  Why use a multi-tier architecture?  What role do CubeSats have in a multi-tier architecture?  Why are CubeSats important?  Conclusions & Future Work

3 What is a multi-tier architecture?  Fink [1] proposed a “tier-scalable” approach that combined orbital, aerial and ground craft (other types of craft have also been proposed).  This featured a central controller which provides the benefit of making decisions using the best computational hardware but creates a single point of failure and doesn’t allow local decision making which considers local conditions  Work on swarm and sensornet approaches (e.g., [2, 3] and federated satellite systems [4] has also provided insight  Prior work [5-7] has demonstrated the Multi-Tier approach, which makes command decisions as close to the implementing node as possible  Distributed architecture  Fault resilient Control Pathways of Tier-Scalable Architecture [8]. Control Pathways of Mult-Tier Architecture [8].

4 Multi-tier architecture (cont.)  Current work utilizes a Blackboard architecture with a ‘solver’ and supporting score determination routine for decision-making  The use of a combined Blackboard and Intelligent Water Drop approach has also been proposed [8]. Blackboard Architecture Approach [9]. Rule Score Determination [9].

5 Why use a multi-tier architecture?  Provides single-mission benefits:  Resilience  Multiple small craft mean acceptable loss levels can be defined  Allows local (limited human oversight control)  Localized command / control  Allows quick decision making (no round-trip for decisions)  Decomposes high-level goals into work packages  Allows use of management by exception technique  Greater exploration  Deploy small autonomous groups to multiple areas of a planet / body  Autonomous command means more exploration (not waiting)  Risk tolerance  Deploy to higher-risk areas  Limit pre-planning  Make deployment decisions based on what is detected by orbital / aerial craft, not beforehand  Multi-mission coordination benefits

6 What role do CubeSats have in a multi-tier architecture?  Part of the orbital tier  Sensing platforms  Communications relay platforms  Spatial positioning platforms  Could a larger CubeSat be designed to sense, decide and deploy?  Architecture features:  Only local (to planet) communications are needed, so antenna sizes / power / etc. can be reasonable  Facilitates effective use of sensed data with different spatial / temporal / etc. resolution levels

7 Why are CubeSats important?  Standardized platform  Low-cost components / designs (e.g., [10-11])  Potential for well-understood failure models  Repeated use of common components  Repeated use of common craft designs  Simple deployment  Potential to ‘add on’ mission (potentially multi-tier style) to larger craft (see, e.g., [12])  Growing capabilities  Ability to have collaboration between craft from multiple owners / investigators (see, e.g., [12])

8 Conclusions & Future Work  The multi-tier paradigm is poised to provide real benefits to future missions  Reduces risk / risk aversion through having multiple craft, with an expectation of some loss  Allows missions to be planned / modified based on what is sensed (particularly useful for first missions to a body / area)  CubeSats are an important part of this architecture: they extend the orbital tier  Multi-tier approach allows replication of Earth-orbit like mission without requiring advancements in communications / etc. capabilities, based on assumption of key services being available from primary craft

9 Thanks & Any Questions? Small satellite development work at the University of North Dakota (UND) is currently or has been supported by North Dakota EPSCoR (NSF Grant # EPS ), the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, North Dakota NASA EPSCoR, the UND Faculty Research Seed Money committee and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Facilities and equipment used in this work have been supplied by the UND Department of Computer Science and the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.EPS

10 References 1. W. Fink, J. M. Dohm, M. A. Tarbell, T. M. Hare, V. R. Baker, D. Schulze-Makuch, R. Furfaro, A. G. Fairén, T. Ferre and H. Miyamoto Tier-scalable reconnaissance missions for the autonomous exploration of planetary bodies IEEE Aerospace Conference. 2. K. Durga Prasad and S. Murty Wireless sensor Networks–A potential tool to probe for water on moon. Advances in Space Research 48(3). 3. E. Vassev, M. Hinchey and J. Paquet Towards an ASSL specification model for NASA swarm-based exploration missions. Proceedings of the 2008 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing. 4. A. Golkar Architecting Federated Satellite Systems for Successful Commercial Implementation. Proceedings of the AIAA 2013 Space Conference and Exposition. 5. J. Straub Command of a Multi-Tier Robotic Network with Local Decision Making Capabilities. International Journal of Space Science and Engineering, Vol. 2, No J. Straub Building Space Operations Resiliency with a Multi-Tier Mission Architecture. Proceedings of the SPIE Defense + Security Conference. 7. J. Straub A Data Collection Decision-Making Framework for a Multi-Tier Collaboration of Heterogeneous Orbital, Aerial and Ground Craft. Proceedings of the SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing Conference. 8. J. Straub Using Swarm Intelligence, a Blackboard Architecture and Local Decision Making for Spacecraft Command. Accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference. 9. J. Straub Comparing the Blackboard Architecture and Intelligent Water Drops for Spacecraft Cluster Control. Proceedings of the AIAA Space 2014 Conference. 10. J. Berk, J. Straub and D. Whalen The Open Prototype for Educational NanoSats: Fixing the Other Side of the Small Satellite Cost Equation. Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference. 11. J. Straub, C. Korvald, A. Nervold, A. Mohammad, N. Root, N. Long, D. Torgerson OpenOrbiter: A Low-Cost, Educational Prototype CubeSat Mission Architecture. Machines, Vol. 1, No J. Straub, J. Berk, A. Nervold, C. Korvald Application of Collaborative Autonomous Control and the Open Prototype for Educational NanoSats Framework to Enable Orbital Capabilities for Developing Nations. Proceedings of the 64th International Astronautical Congress.


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