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Paper title Triton-X - a state-of-the-art platform for low cost missions
Authors
  1. Jeroen Buursink LuxSpace Sárl Speaker
  2. Edgar Milic LuxSpace Sárl
Form of presentation Poster
Topics
  • B7. NewSpace missions
    • B7.03 New Space missions with small and nanosatellites
Abstract text Observing the Earth and understanding its evolution is fundamentally linked to the ability to collect large amounts of data and extract the needed intelligence to derive and validate the models of such an incredibly dynamic system. While on one side this ability is enabled by the growing number of data sources, on the other side next generation Space platforms, integrating powerful on-board processing capabilities, are bringing transformational opportunities to Earth sciences. As a consequence, on-the-edge computing in Space is becoming a reality thanks to the multiple Teraflops performance of new spacecraft platforms. On top, and in addition to performance, the community is looking for missions with higher spatial and temporal coverage (requiring constellations of satellites) and more rapid design cycles.
LuxSpace has been at the forefront of rapid satellite development already before New Space was a known phrase, developing and building 2 Vesselsats in one year, and the first private-funded Moon mission (4M) in less than half a year.

Today, LuxSpace is developing the innovative Triton-X platform that uses extensive spin-in from automotive and other earth-bound industries to achieve a winning combination of high quality and performance with low recurrent cost and turn-around time. Triton-X will be a modular range of platforms from about 30 to 250 kg, adaptable to a wide range of payloads up to the 100kg class. Triton-X is being developed with the support of ESA, giving LuxSpace access to a huge store of expertise and advise, while keeping the freedom to use New-Space approaches.

Key aspect of Triton-X is the on-board processing power of its integrated avionics unit (IAU) and its robust modular architecture that results in high reliability and robustness on the basis of high-performance low cost high-end-COTS electronics. This architecture can scale easily to different mission sizes and demands, being adaptable in software to the specific needs of the applications. The key elements of this architecture are being developed by LuxSpace and a small core group of partner companies. Due to the low recurring cost of the avionics, Triton-X is especially well suited for small constellations of high-performance satellites.

A number of missions focused on Earth resources monitoring have been studied for potential customers, including atmospheric trace-gas monitoring, maritime surveillance, spectrum monitoring, in-orbit demonstration of a large set of payloads, and others.