Reference : APIS: Applications and Potentials of Intelligent Swarms for magnetospheric studies
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APIS: Applications and Potentials of Intelligent Swarms for magnetospheric studies
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Rajan, Raj Thilak mailto [T.U. DELFT > Aerospace engineering > > Professor; International Space University > Space Studies Program 2019 > > Team Project - Executive Director]
Salmeri, Antonino mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Department of Law (DL) > ; University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Law Research Unit > ; International Space University > Space Studies Program 2019 > > Team Project Executive Director]
Haken, Dawn [International Space University > Space Studies Program 2019 > > Team Project Executive Director]
Cohen, Jacob [National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA > Ames Research Center > > Chief Scientist; International Space University > Space Studies Program 2019 > > Team Project Chair]
Turner, Calum [International Space University > Space Studies Program 2019 > > Team Project Principal Investigator]
Oct-2020
Proceedings of 71st International Astronautical Congress - The Cyberspace Edition
International Astronautical Federation
No
Yes
International
71st International Astronautical Congress - The Cyberspace Edition
from 12-10-2020 to 14-10-2020
International Astronautical Federation
online
online
[en] satellite swarms ; heliophysics ; cubesats ; low earth orbit ; space technology ; autonomous agents
[en] Earth's magnetosphere is vital for today's technologically dependent society. The energy transferred from
the solar wind to the magnetosphere triggers electromagnetic storms on Earth, knocking out power grids
and infrastructure | e.g., communication and navigation systems. Despite occurring on our astrophysical
doorstep, numerous physical processes connecting the solar wind and our magnetosphere remain poorly
understood. To date, over a dozen science missions have
own to study the magnetosphere, and many more
design studies have been conducted. However, the majority of these solutions relied on large monolithic
satellites, which limited the spatial resolution of these investigations, in addition to the technological
limitations of the past. To counter these limitations, we propose the use of a satellite swarm, carrying
numerous payloads for magnetospheric measurements. Our mission is named APIS | Applications and
Potentials of Intelligent Swarms.
The APIS mission aims to characterize fundamental plasma processes in the magnetosphere and measure
the e ect of the solar wind on our magnetosphere. We propose a swarm of 40 CubeSats in two highly-
elliptical orbits around the Earth, which perform radio tomography in the magnetotail at 8{12 Earth
Radii (RE) downstream, and the subsolar magnetosphere at 8{12 RE upstream. These maps will be
made at both low-resolutions (at 0.5 RE, 5 seconds cadence) and high-resolutions (at 0.025 RE, 2 seconds
cadence). In addition, in-situ measurements of the magnetic and electric elds, and plasma density will be
performed by on-board instruments. In this publication, we present a design study of the APIS mission,
which includes the mission design, navigation, communication, processing, power systems, propulsion and
other critical satellite subsystems. The science requirements of the APIS mission levy stringent system
requirements, which are addressed using Commercial O -the-Shelf (COTS) technologies. We show the
feasibility of the APIS mission using COTS technologies using preliminary link, power, and mass bud-
gets. In addition to the technological study, we also investigated the legal considerations of the APIS mission.
The APIS mission design study was part of the International Space University Space Studies Program in 2019 (ISU-SSP19) Next Generation Space Systems: Swarms Team Project. The authors of
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