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Monday, February 15, 2021

Robot Swarming Satellites

Recall our interest in swarming cooperating solutions here.

Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication PossibilitiesBy ZDNet, February 11, 2021 in ACM

Carnegie Mellon University researchers prepare CubeSats for space. 

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration mission now underway is an experiment to maximize the effectiveness of CubeSats.  A U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission currently underway aims to maximize the effectiveness of CubeSats—tiny, cost-effective satellites—by showing how they could track and communicate with each other.

The V-R3x mission will test three CubeSats and the underlying technologies that could pave the way for autonomous swarming satellites.  Said Carnegie Mellon University's Zac Manchester, "This mission is a precursor to more advanced swarming capabilities and autonomous formation flying."

Swarms of satellites, potentially numbering in the thousands and working cooperatively, could be used for communications, imaging, and forecasting tasks.  Manchester added, "The satellites will wake up and do their thing autonomously. We mainly need to make sure that we get their data downloaded." ... '

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