Uninterrupted hand-over between ground stations for immersive telerobotics

Janne Seppänen, Diego Bussi, Giovanni Martucci Di Scarfizzi, Toni Mäki, Pekka Aho, Salvador Martí

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    Abstract

    Mars missions are complex and costly operations, which need not only be carefully planned, but rehearsed as completely as possible. This paper describes a work that aims enhancing the rehearsing of one specific mission, controlling a rover or a robot on surface of Mars from a manned orbiter. A METERON experiment and architecture is ESA's approach selected for carrying out this planning and practicing work. Current METERON architecture allows only a limited continuous time window for communications, restricted by the duration of the line-of-sight while ISS is passing a ground station. This paper discusses the effort to extend this typically 7 minute continuous time window to 20 minute continuous communications expected to be available during Mars orbiter's pass. The selected approach is performing handovers from one ground station to another as ISS progresses along its path, so that ISS will receive continuous stream of data from one ground station at the time without connection breaks. The work described in this paper explains the architectural choices, the implemented test-beds, and how the tests were carried out. While the study has demonstrated that the approach is feasible without costly changes to ISS, it also points out some necessary improvements to METERON that are needed in order to implement the handovers the way proposed in the solution.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTTC 2016 - 7th ESA International Workshop on Tracking, Telemetry and Command Systems for Space Applications
    PublisherEuropean Space Agency ESA
    ISBN (Print)978-9-0815-8398-5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event7th ESA International Workshop on Tracking, Telemetry and Command Systems for Space Applications, TTC 2016 - Noordwijk, Netherlands
    Duration: 13 Sep 201616 Sep 2016

    Conference

    Conference7th ESA International Workshop on Tracking, Telemetry and Command Systems for Space Applications, TTC 2016
    Abbreviated titleTTC 2016
    CountryNetherlands
    CityNoordwijk
    Period13/09/1616/09/16

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    Keywords

    • handover
    • delays
    • space vehicles
    • synchronization
    • telerobotics

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    Seppänen, J., Bussi, D., Di Scarfizzi, G. M., Mäki, T., Aho, P., & Martí, S. (2016). Uninterrupted hand-over between ground stations for immersive telerobotics. In TTC 2016 - 7th ESA International Workshop on Tracking, Telemetry and Command Systems for Space Applications European Space Agency ESA.
    Seppänen, Janne ; Bussi, Diego ; Di Scarfizzi, Giovanni Martucci ; Mäki, Toni ; Aho, Pekka ; Martí, Salvador. / Uninterrupted hand-over between ground stations for immersive telerobotics. TTC 2016 - 7th ESA International Workshop on Tracking, Telemetry and Command Systems for Space Applications. European Space Agency ESA, 2016.
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    Seppänen J, Bussi D, Di Scarfizzi GM, Mäki T, Aho P, Martí S. Uninterrupted hand-over between ground stations for immersive telerobotics. In TTC 2016 - 7th ESA International Workshop on Tracking, Telemetry and Command Systems for Space Applications. European Space Agency ESA. 2016