Distinguished Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Klaus Schilling
University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Description: Universities actively promote research in the area of very small satellites, as this offers excellent practice to apply system design principles in a very motivating field. Here, the significant progress in miniaturisation of electronics is transferred to space. This offers interesting perspectives for a paradigm shift from traditional large multifunctional satellites towards distributed systems of multiple small satellites, in particular for Earth observation and telecommunication applications.
In this presentation the experiences from the UWE-Program (University Wuerzburg’s Experimental satellites) to implement complete satellites at a mass of just 1 kg will be reported. Due to limited satellite realisation durations in the order of about 1 year, this offers excellent opportunities to practice engineering skills for design of a real spacecraft already during studies. So far the two satellites UWE-1 and -2 have been successfully placed in orbit 2005 and 2009, but a roadmap towards formation flying offers long-term perspectives for future UWE missions. Efficient operations of such distributed systems raise challenging tasks combining control topics with approaches in communication, man-machine interfaces, tele-operations, autonomous reaction capabilities, sensor and data processing systems. Exchange of navigation data via communication links form the basis for local autonomous reaction capabilities, which are to be coordinated with remote human teleoperators, in particular for challenging time critical situations.
In this contribution technical details of pico-satellite realizations, as well as the international university cooperation will be addressed.
About the Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Klaus Schilling worked in space industry on design of interplanetary satellites before he became Ordinarius Informatics VII: Robotics and Telematics at University Würzburg. In parallel he is president of the company “Zentrum für Telematik e.V.“. He was Consulting Professor at Stanford University and recipient of the Walter-Reis-Award in Service Robotics 2008. In the International Federation on Automatic Control (IFAC) he serves since 2008 as Chairman of “Technical Committee on Telematics” and at IEEE he was appointed 2005 as chairman of the “Technical Committee on Networked Robotics”.