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Starling1 - Mission Technologies OverviewThe Starling series of demonstration missions will test technologies required to achieve affordable, distributed spacecraft ("swarm") missions that: are scalable to at least 100 spacecraft for applications that include synchronized multipoint measurements; involve closely coordinated ensembles of two or more spacecraft operating as a single unit for interferometric, synthetic aperture, or similar sensor architectures; or use autonomous or semi-autonomous operation of multiple spacecraft functioning as a unit to achieve science or other mission objectives with low-cost small spacecraft.Starling1 will focus on developing technologies that enable scalability and deep space application. The mission goals include the demonstration of a Mobile Ad-hoc NETwork (MANET) through an in-space communication experiment, vision based relative navigation through the Starling Formation-flying Optical eXperiment (StarFOX), and demonstration of autonomous spacecraft reconfiguration using technologies developed by the Distributed System Autonomy (DSA) project.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Cannon, Howard
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Sanchez, Hugo S.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Mcintosh, Dawn M.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
November 1, 2018
Publication Date
August 8, 2018
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Small Satellite Conference
Location: Logan, UT
Country: United States
Start Date: August 4, 2018
End Date: August 9, 2018
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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