Communication in Distributed Satellite Systems

  • Klaus Schilling
  • Marco Schmidt
Part of the Space Technology Library book series (SPTL, volume 31)


The information flow between the different components of a distributed mobile sensor system is crucial in order to enable coordination for an efficient overall performance. This section provides further details for the special situation of network nodes consisting of several satellites and ground stations. Via the communication system partially autonomous functions at each satellite are to be coordinated to enable joint observations. Such self-organized activities of the space segment have to integrate with teleoperations based on supervisory control interaction from ground stations. Related suitable communication design approaches are the central topic of this chapter.


Access Point Internet Protocol Packet Error Rate Dynamic Source Route Optimize Link State Route 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



The authors acknowledge the contributions from many collaborators in computer Science of University Würzburg and in the company Center for Telematics, where for years this topic was investigated and implemented for the satellite missions UWE-1 and -2.


  1. 1.
    Schilling K, Garcia-Sanz M, Twiggs B, Sandau R (2009) Small satellite formations for distributed surveillance: system design and optimal control considerations. NATO RTO Lecture Series SCI-209Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Muylaert J (2009) An international network of 50 double cubesatsfor multi-point, in-situ, long duration measurements in the lower thermosphere and for re-entry research. QB 50 workshop, Brussels.
  3. 3.
    Knoblock EJ, Wallett TM, Konangi VK, Bhasin KB (2001) Network configuration analysis for formation flying satellites. In: Proceedings of IEEE aerospace conference, Big Sky, Montana, pp 2/991–2/1000Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Sidibeh K, Vladimirova T (2006) IEEE 802.11 Optimisation techniques for inter-satellite links in LEO networks. In: Proceedings of 8th international conference advanced communication technology, Phoenix Park, Korea, pp 1177–1182Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Clare LP, Gao JL, Jennings EH, Okino C (2005) A network architecture for precision formation flying using the IEEE 802.11 MAC protocol. In: Proceedings of IEEE aerospace conference, Big Sky, Montana, pp 1335–1347Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Schilling K (2006) Design of pico-satellites for education in system engineering. IEEE Aerosp Electron Syst Mag 21:9–14CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Schmidt M, Zeiger F, Schilling K (2006) Design and implementation of in-orbit experiments on the pico-satellite UWE-1. In: Proceedings of the 57th international astronautical congress, Valencia, Spain, IAC-06-E2.1.07Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Zeiger F, Krämer N, Schilling K (2008) Parameter tuning of routing protocols to improve the performance of mobile robot teleoperation via wireless ad-hoc networks. In: Proceedings of the 5th international conference on informatics, automation and robotics (ICINCO 2008), Funchal, MadeiraGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Fall K (2003) A delay-tolerant network architecture for challenged internets. In: Proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM 2003, KarlsruheGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    DTN Ref. Implementation.
  11. 11.
    Jenkins A, Kuzminsky S, Gifford KK, Holbrook M, Nichols, K, Pitts L (2010) Delay/disruption-tolerant networking: flight test results from the international space station. In: IEEE aerospace conference 2010, Big Sky, MontanaGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Wood L et al (2008) Use of the delay-tolerant networking bundle protocol from space, Conference paper IAC-08-B2.3.10. 59th international astronautical congress, GlasgowGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Ott J, Kutscher D, Dwertmann C (2006) Integrating DTN and MANET routing, SIGCOMM’06 workshop 2006, PisaGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Krupiarz CJ, Jennings EH, Pang JN, Schoolcraft JB, Seguí JS, Torgerson JL (2006) Spacecraft data and relay management using delay tolerant networking. In: SpaceOps 2006 conference, Rome, Italy, AIAA 2006-5754Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Julius Maximilians UniversityWürzburgGermany

Personalised recommendations