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How human resource organization can enhance space information acquisition and processing: the experience of the VENESAT-1 ground segment
Author(s): Romina Acevedo; Nuris Orihuela; Rafael Blanco; Francisco Varela; Enrique Camacho; Marianela Urbina; Luis Gabriel Aponte; Leopoldo Vallenilla; Liana Acuña; Roberto Becerra; Terepaima Tabare; Erica Recaredo
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Paper Abstract

Built in cooperation with the P.R of China, in October 29th of 2008, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela launched its first Telecommunication Satellite, the so called VENESAT-1 (Simón Bolívar Satellite), which operates in C (covering Center America, The Caribbean Region and most of South America), Ku (Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela) and Ka bands (Venezuela). The launch of VENESAT-1 represents the starting point for Venezuela as an active player in the field of space science and technology. In order to fulfill mission requirements and to guarantee the satellite's health, local professionals must provide continuous monitoring, orbit calculation, maneuvers preparation and execution, data preparation and processing, as well as data base management at the VENESAT-1 Ground Segment, which includes both a primary and backup site. In summary, data processing and real time data management are part of the daily activities performed by the personnel at the ground segment. Using published and unpublished information, this paper presents how human resource organization can enhance space information acquisition and processing, by analyzing the proposed organizational structure for the VENESAT-1 Ground Segment. We have found that the proposed units within the organizational structure reflect 3 key issues for mission management: Satellite Operations, Ground Operations, and Site Maintenance. The proposed organization is simple (3 hierarchical levels and 7 units), and communication channels seem efficient in terms of facilitating information acquisition, processing, storage, flow and exchange. Furthermore, the proposal includes a manual containing the full description of personnel responsibilities and profile, which efficiently allocates the management and operation of key software for satellite operation such as the Real-time Data Transaction Software (RDTS), Data Management Software (DMS), and Carrier Spectrum Monitoring Software (CSM) within the different organizational units. In all this process, the international cooperation has played a key role for the consolidation of its space capabilities, especially through the continuous and arduous exchange of information, documentation and expertise between Chinese and Venezuelan personnel at the ground stations. Based on the principles of technology transfer and human training, since 1999 the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has shown an increasing interest in developing local space capabilities for peaceful purposes. According to the analysis we have performed, the proposed organizational structure of the VENESAT-1 ground segment will allow the country to face the challenges imposed by the operation of complex technologies. By enhancing human resource organization, this proposal will help to fulfill mission requirements, and to facilitate the safe access, processing and storage of satellite data across the organization, during both nominal and potential contingency situations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 April 2010
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7651, International Conference on Space Information Technology 2009, 76510X (2 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.855512
Show Author Affiliations
Romina Acevedo, The Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities (Venezuela)
Nuris Orihuela, Central Univ. of Venezuela (Venezuela)
Rafael Blanco, The Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities (Venezuela)
Francisco Varela, Beihang Univ. (China)
Central Univ. of Venezuela (Venezuela)
Enrique Camacho, The Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities (Venezuela)
Marianela Urbina, The Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities (Venezuela)
Luis Gabriel Aponte, The Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities (Venezuela)
Leopoldo Vallenilla, The Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities (Venezuela)
Liana Acuña, The Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities (Venezuela)
Roberto Becerra, The Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities (Venezuela)
Terepaima Tabare, The Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities (Venezuela)
Erica Recaredo, The Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities (Venezuela)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7651:
International Conference on Space Information Technology 2009
Xingrui Ma; Baohua Yang; Ming Li, Editor(s)

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