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Telespazio France at SpaceOps 2018 : "Inspiring Humankind's Future"

24 May 2018

From May 28 to June 1, 2018, Telespazio France participated in SpaceOps 2018, an international conference on space operations whose 15th edition, organized by CNES, was held at the Palais du Pharo in Marseille on the theme: "Inspiring Humankind's Future".

SpaceOps is a worldwide association of space operators, created in 1990, which brings together the major players in this field. The association now has nearly 40 members and institutional, academic and industrial partners from around the world and is constantly welcoming new members. The SpaceOps biennial conference is the forum of reference for the most innovative technologies, methods and tools in the sector. More than 850 participants were present in Marseille during this 15th edition organized by CNES with the support of AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) - a record attendance for the event.

The chosen theme was broken down into 3 axes: the fight against climate change, a major challenge for the preservation of the balance and prosperity of our societies, exploration, one of the essential challenges of space, and international cooperation, a key factor for the success of what the space sector is undertaking.

The Telespazio group (Italy, Germany and France) was strongly present in this 15th edition, with more than 30 participants at the conference. Telespazio France participated in the writing and presentation of 9 articles on the following topics:

Jean-Yves BONNET: Operations of the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite onboard the Curiosity rover.
This contribution presented the operations of the SAM instrument aboard the Curiosity Rover, which has been exploring Mars since August 2012. SAM is an instrumental set whose objectives are the in situ analysis of the soil and the near subsoil of Mars, and whose principle is based on the coupling of a solid or gaseous sample preparation module and a gas phase analysis module resulting from the preparation. The entire operational flow from scientific requirements to on-the-fly execution was described, particularly the earth-based infrastructure to test the new experimental apparatus before sending it to Mars.

Antoine CHARPENTIER: 3D Web Visualization Tool to support Hayabusa2-Mascot Landing Site Selection Process.
We presented a web tool developed at CNES allowing a 3D display of the Ryugu asteroid, and the mapping of all the data provided during the MASCOT landing site selection process. The presentation covered the advantages of a web application, the features offered by the tool, as well as the technologies and techniques used.

Arielle DEPRIESTER: Echo - Remote ultrasound between CNES and the International Space Station
The subject of this article was a new device for medical imaging on board the International Space Station: "Echo", an ultrasound scanner equipped with motorized probes, remotely operated from Earth by an expert sonographer. The commissioning of the device, developed by CNES, took place in April 2017, and is now used nominally for physiology experiments. The presentation highlighted the advantage of tele-operation over a conventional ultrasound, as well as the immediate benefits for the Earth by showing examples of tests performed in medical deserts, or for the future of space exploration.

Emilien Gaudin: InSight: operational products validation on Ground
This article aims to describe the problems of writing complex sequences for the Mars InSight mission's SEIS seismometer. 
Although these sequences are simplified by the introduction of control blocks dedicated to individual unit functions, the article illustrates that this simplification transfers the problem of choosing the means and methods of validation of these blocks to the CNES teams on the ground, before and during the mission, also through regular exchanges with partners (mainly JPL), along with that of taking into account multiple constraints (the limitations of the simulators, availability of the real instrument or a qualification model, tightly time-constrained operations) before their use on the flight model.

Laurent PERET: Incorporating AEGIS autonomous science into Mars Science Laboratory rover mission operations
The article presented described the AEGIS software application on board NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. This AEGIS application allows the rover to perform scientific analyses independently when it arrives at a new Martian site. AEGIS selects Martian rocks which are then analysed by the ChemCam instrument. Our contribution on behalf of CNES concerns the integration of AEGIS in the operational process: safety constraints on the instrument, generation of remote controls sent to the rover and telemetry analysis.

Aymeric YVERNES: Copernicus Ground Segment as a Service: From Data Monitoring to Performance Analysis
The objective of this presentation was to detail how to use data analysis in daily operations, with the dual objective of improving efficiency and anticipating problems.

Note that the 16th edition of SpaceOps will take place from 18 to 22 May 2020 in South Africa in Cape Town, and will be organized by the South African Space Agency (SANSA).

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