Architecting federated satellite systems for successful commercial implementation

Alessandro Golkar

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This paper presents a stakeholders analysis model to support the development of federated satellite systems (FSS), an innovation in space systems design conceived to improve cost effectiveness and reliability of space missions and effectively manage demand uncertainty in commercial systems. FSS are novel concepts of distributed satellite systems, where participating spacecraft share unused space resources such as link capacity, storage capacity, and data processing time in a satellite federation. Sharing is done using FSStailored ad-hoc networks, in a similar fashion to what is done in cloud computing infrastructures on Earth. FSS optimize task allocation and resource allocation for participating systems, and allow the creation of in-orbit markets of space resources. The paper describes a comprehensive stakeholders model supporting the development of Federated Satellite Systems, scoped on maximizing value delivery to stakeholders interested in implementing commercially operated FSS infrastructures, where trading of resources is conducted between suppliers and customer users. The model identifies stakeholders concerned with FSS development and their corresponding value flows by an initial expert judgment exercise and information consultations. The model has been executed with assumptions simulating commercially oriented FSS developments. As a result, the study identifies commercial FSS architectures of interest and incentive structures to enhance FSS technology adoption by commercial markets. Input is sought from the community to enhance and populate the model with expert evaluations representing the perspectives of the stakeholder ecosystem.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 10 Sep 201312 Sep 2013

Publication series

NameAIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition


ConferenceAIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


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