GNC/ADC Systems

  • HSFL’s state-of-the-art testbed closely replicates the space environment to test and verify ADCS functionality and algorithms
  • Testing capability for ADC Systems sized from CubeSats (<10kg) up to 100kg MicroSats
  • Air bearing platform with motorized calibration system
  • Testing of Sensors and actuators:
    • Sun Sensors
    • Nadir Sensors
    • Star trackers
    • Magnetometers
    • GPS
    • Reaction Wheels
    • Torque Rods, etc

Multi-Satellite Mission Operations

  • COSMOS Executive Operator (CEO) demonstrating Operation 10’s of satellites
  • Multi satellite physics (simulated and real-time)
  • Multi-satellite operations rehearsals (simulated and real-time)
  • Swarm Operations algorithm development
  • Space Operations Resource Management (satellites, operators, servers, databases, etc.)

Distributed Space Architectures

  • Multi-Agent Robotic Systems
    • Autonomy
    • Optimal Control
    • Collision Avoidance
    • Guidance Navigation and Control (GNC)
    • Attitude Determination and Control (ADCS)
    • Time Synchronization
    • Real Time Pose Estimation
    • Rendezvous and Docking Algorithms
  • Potential Future Applications (examples)
    • Large Self-Assembling Space Telescopes
    • Large Space Solar Farms

Rapid Space Mission Design

  • COSMOS (open source) for Rapid Space Mission Design
  • Reduce design trades studies from months to weeks
  • Train students in mission design tools and fundamental concepts
  • Leverage Design Tools for satellite I&T activities

Inter-Vehicle Operations

  • Empower Scientific and Operational capabilities using distributed systems
  • Integrated vehicle operations
    • Water
    • Air
    • Space
  • Facilitate Sensor exchange between research groups
  • Strategic Collaborations between UH and other relevant partners (i.e. LSTS)
  • Student involvement with hands-on and relevant research in Multi-Agent Robotic Systems