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The OPS-SAT mission has set aside the Packet Utilization Standard (PUS) in favor of a standard being defined by the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS): the Mission Operations (MO) Services and the File Delivery Protocol (CFDP)’s file-based operations. The OPS-SAT-1 spacecraft is the first in-orbit demonstration of fully MO-based on-board software and ground implementations.

Presenting our work at the 36th Annual Small Satellite Conference (SmallSat) in Logan, Utah.

Read all about MO Services and CFDP in our publication:

Marszk, D., Evans, D., Mladenov, T., Labrèche, G., Zelenevskiy, V., & Shiradhonkar, V. (2022). MO Services and CFDP in Action on OPS-SAT. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Small Satellite Conference. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/smallsat/2022/all2022/67/

Great reception and engagement now that on-orbit edge computing is lifting off with so many missions.

Using OPS-SAT as the technology demonstrator for MO Services and CFDP has provided an enormous feedback value to all teams responsible for the design, development, implementation, and operation of those standards. This turned out to be the perfect realization of the core mission principle — to allow rapid advancement of the technology readiness of the software via in-orbit validation and demonstration. OPS-SAT is paving the way for other missions and orbital platforms aiming to adopt those technologies soon, both within ESA and commercial endeavors. The employed solutions ease the mission integration with external users as well as decrease the general system complexity and the maintenance effort, thus increasing the mission return value.

Fantastic conference, bravo to the organizers and participants whom make it so fun.

A big thank you to my co-authors David Evans, Tom Mladenov, Dominik Marszk, Vasundhara Shiradhonkar, and Vladimir Zelenevskiy for all their hard work.

A version of this post was first published on LinkedIn.