Session

Technical Session 5: Ground Systems

Location

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Abstract

Led by MIT Haystack Observatory, the AERO and VISTA twin 6U CubeSats launching in 2022 will study the auroral regions of the Earth in the medium and high radio frequency bands. Novel vector sensors, developed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory, will produce hundreds of gigabytes each day while conducting independent and joint (interferometric) observations of auroral phenomena such as auroral kilometric radiation. With a limited number of downlink opportunities and volumes on the order of gigabytes, mission operations require a tool to guide scientific processing and downlink decisions. The AERO-VISTA Interactive Spectro-gram (AVIS) Display, developed through open-source Dash Python and Digital RF libraries, fulfills this need through a dynamic user interface which allows mission scientists to perform preliminary data analysis and selection. Built-in data analysis tools such as channel selectors, data scaling, and axis sliders allow scientists to critically assess preliminary data for further investigation. A variable resolution selection tool provides for efficient and accurate selections of auroral phenomena viewed in the spectrogram. Standardized exportation procedures are integrated into uplink systems for in-flight-processing. The AVIS Display successfully demonstrates an original UI for optimized data management between two spacecraft conducting scientific operations.

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Aug 11th, 12:00 PM

The AERO-VISTA Interactive Spectrogram (AVIS) Display: An Original Software Solution for Scientific Operations of Twin 6U CubeSats

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Led by MIT Haystack Observatory, the AERO and VISTA twin 6U CubeSats launching in 2022 will study the auroral regions of the Earth in the medium and high radio frequency bands. Novel vector sensors, developed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory, will produce hundreds of gigabytes each day while conducting independent and joint (interferometric) observations of auroral phenomena such as auroral kilometric radiation. With a limited number of downlink opportunities and volumes on the order of gigabytes, mission operations require a tool to guide scientific processing and downlink decisions. The AERO-VISTA Interactive Spectro-gram (AVIS) Display, developed through open-source Dash Python and Digital RF libraries, fulfills this need through a dynamic user interface which allows mission scientists to perform preliminary data analysis and selection. Built-in data analysis tools such as channel selectors, data scaling, and axis sliders allow scientists to critically assess preliminary data for further investigation. A variable resolution selection tool provides for efficient and accurate selections of auroral phenomena viewed in the spectrogram. Standardized exportation procedures are integrated into uplink systems for in-flight-processing. The AVIS Display successfully demonstrates an original UI for optimized data management between two spacecraft conducting scientific operations.