The MultiSat system extends ESA's Mission Control system SCOS-2000. It provides the means required to support more than a single spacecraft per computing node at a given time. In the past, focusing on a single spacecraft (a complex scientific mission for example) proved to be advantageous, because this approach helped to avoid cross-dependencies to other missions, and the layout of the ground-segment could be kept as clear as possible - another factor to preclude potential failure scenarios. Just recently several developments suggested to move away from the single-mission concept:
All this together, stimulated the initiative to extend the Operations Concept of SCOS-2000 in order to support such scenarios. And it is MultiSat's mission to provide all this in the least intrusive way possible to the SCOS-2000 kernel functionalities and client APIs. This approach also allows already operational missions to migrate to the MultiSat approach in a seamless way, thus aiding a reduction in operations cost.
FeaturesThe following picture shows the overall architecture of SCOS-2000 MultiSat:
The MultiSat project was kicked off in October, 2001. The Design phase was finalised in February, 2002 with the Architectural Design Review. A Prototype presentation in April, 2002 showed a first version of the system with two satellites.
The First Delivery to ESA was in June, 2002.
The Final Delivery and Final presentation was in September, 2002.
BenefitsCost reduction for constellation control of spacecrafts. Several spacecrafts, e.g. a fleet of telecommunication satellites, can be controlled by the same HW and SW system.
Current Status (dated: 08 Apr 2003)Completed.