Implementation and Test of the Automatic Flight Dynamics Operations for Geostationary Satellite Mission

  • Park, Sang-Wook (Ground Systems Division, Satrec Initiative) ;
  • Lee, Young-Ran (Ground Systems Division, Satrec Initiative) ;
  • Lee, Byoung-Sun (Satellite Control and Navigation Research Team, ETRI) ;
  • Hwang, Yoo-La (Satellite Control and Navigation Research Team, ETRI) ;
  • Galilea, Javier Santiago Noguero (GMV Aerospace and Defense)
  • Published : 2009.12.15


This paper describes the Flight Dynamics Automation (FDA) system for COMS Flight Dynamics System (FDS) and its test result in terms of the performance of the automation jobs. FDA controls the flight dynamics functions such as orbit determination, orbit prediction, event prediction, and fuel accounting. The designed FDA is independent from the specific characteristics which are defined by spacecraft manufacturer or specific satellite missions. Therefore, FDA could easily links its autonomous job control functions to any satellite mission control system with some interface modification. By adding autonomous system along with flight dynamics system, it decreases the operator's tedious and repeated jobs but increase the usability and reliability of the system. Therefore, FDA is used to improve the completeness of whole mission control system's quality. The FDA is applied to the real flight dynamics system of a geostationary satellite, COMS and the experimental test is performed. The experimental result shows the stability and reliability of the mission control operations through the automatic job control.


satellite orbit;flight dynamics;mission control;automation;COMS


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