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AI-POWERED GROUND SEGMENT CONTROL FOR FLEXIBLE PAYLOADS

Project description

An intelligent tool for satellites

A new generation of fully flexible satellites is taking over the space segment market. To control satellite flexible payloads and their configurable traditional counterparts, the EU-funded ATRIA project will build a generic and intelligent tool, called AI-PCS. AI techniques will provide the tool with the intelligence needed to autonomously decide the optimum configuration of the available satellite resources for on-demand service requests. The digital transparent processor will constitute the core of these digital payloads, providing them with new capabilities inside the latest 5G revolution network paradigms that would not have been possible to achieve with traditional analogue payloads, such as adaptive bandwidth and power allocation, and flexibility in connectivity and coverage.

Objective

A new generation of completely flexible satellites in terms of mission definition is currently appearing in the space segment as a response to the 5G revolution, resulting in an unprecedented integration of the satellite services with the terrestrial deployments. In this context, the Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) is aimed to constitute the core of these digital payload, providing them with new capabilities unthinkable to achieve with the traditional analogue ones, such as adaptive bandwidth (BW) and power allocation, or flexibility in the connectivity and coverage.
As a consequence, the flexibility offered by these kind of satellites leads to the increased complexity in their management. Then, the optimum reconfiguration of these complex payloads to fulfil the users requirements is no longer an achievable task for a payload engineer due to the real-time constraints and the number of possibilities. To solve this, these satellites require new and intelligent tools capable of optimally allocating the satellite resources, while monitoring the interferences in such a dynamic scenario.
In this point, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) algorithms appear to substitute the operator decisions and manual operations while configuring the payloads. In atria project, these algorithms will compose an AI/ML module in a Payload optimization Control System (AI-PCS). The algorithms are to be trained with both real data sets of former manual operations and synthetic data. Also, the algorithms will receive information from external services to provide them with inputs regarding meteorology, traffic, availability, etc. in order to achieve the optimum decisions.
AI-PCS is to be validated using both a flexible payload emulator and real satellite environments. AI-PCS is aimed to be a generic tool, transparent to the payload, providing the satcom operators with added value and turning it into a cost-effective solution for the future of the ground segment.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPACE-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SPACE-2020

Coordinator

GMV AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE SA
Net EU contribution
€ 776 523,75
Address
CALLE ISAAC NEWTON PARQUE TECNOLOGICO DE MADRID
28760 Tres Cantos
Spain

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 776 523,75

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