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A satellite orbital testbed for SATCOM using mobile robots
Author(s): Dan Shen; Wenjie Lu; Zhonghai Wang; Bin Jia; Gang Wang; Tao Wang; Genshe Chen; Erik Blasch; Khanh Pham
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Paper Abstract

This paper develops and evaluates a satellite orbital testbed (SOT) for satellite communications (SATCOM). SOT can emulate the 3D satellite orbit using the omni-wheeled robots and a robotic arm. The 3D motion of satellite is partitioned into the movements in the equatorial plane and the up-down motions in the vertical plane. The former actions are emulated by omni-wheeled robots while the up-down motions are performed by a stepped-motor-controlled-ball along a rod (robotic arm), which is attached to the robot. The emulated satellite positions will go to the measure model, whose results will be used to perform multiple space object tracking. Then the tracking results will go to the maneuver detection and collision alert. The satellite maneuver commands will be translated to robots commands and robotic arm commands. In SATCOM, the effects of jamming depend on the range and angles of the positions of satellite transponder relative to the jamming satellite. We extend the SOT to include USRP transceivers. In the extended SOT, the relative ranges and angles are implemented using omni-wheeled robots and robotic arms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9838, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IX, 98380M (13 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2225412
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Dan Shen, Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc. (United States)
Wenjie Lu, Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc. (United States)
Zhonghai Wang, Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc. (United States)
Bin Jia, Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc. (United States)
Gang Wang, Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc. (United States)
Tao Wang, Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc. (United States)
Genshe Chen, Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc. (United States)
Erik Blasch, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Khanh Pham, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9838:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IX
Khanh D. Pham; Genshe Chen, Editor(s)

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