For over five decades, DLR/GSOC has been responsible for the preparation and execution of many manned and unmanned space missions. Effective and professional planning for the spacecraft as well as related on-ground activities always is an essential factor for the mission success.
Mission Planning is a highly complex process which comprises
On the one hand, the experienced scientists of the GSOC Mission Planning team (DLR group RB-MIT-MIP) have developed an own generic planning framework for the optimization and coordination of all activities onboard a spacecraft. It is continuously enhanced by adopting new planning concepts to meet new requirements. This can mean updates on a short notice for already active systems by adaptations of the configuration of planning rules and constraints, but also changes in the overall design for long-term projects.
On the other hand, the Mission Planning team often develops and operates additional project-specific software components that fit the respective mission needs and together with or based on the generic components form the Mission Planning systems of these missions.
An overview of the product and service portfolio of the GSOC Mission Planning team in pdf format can be found here.
Extracted to a short video, here also a quick overview of the "Cutting-edge Software Applications for Mission Operations" of the whole Mission Technology department (RB-MIT) incl. the MIP components can be gained (published June 2021).
The generic GSOC planning framework is a well-established and well-proven tool suite,
This tool suite can be configured in various ways to serve a broad range of mission requirements. Its main components currently are:
This tool suite is continuously enhanced. Since 2022, for instance the InTAS-Software is developed for "Integrated Terminal and Antenna Scheduling". This builds on PintaOnWeb, Reactive Planning, Plains, SCOTA as well as our previous experience with ground station and optical link planning and cloud coverage prediction, and addresses the challenges of planning for radio frequency as well as laser communication, and communication between ground and space as well as in-between satellites.
Moreover, the GSOC Mission Planning team is also engaged in the development of Mission Planning software on the field of onboard planning autonomy:
Furthermore, the GSOC Mission Planning team also works on quantum computing techniques:
In addition to the generic tool suite, the Mission Planning team at GSOC develops the Mission Planning systems for various missions, and here is involved in all mission phases from the preparation and requirements identification via design, implementation and tests up to the routine operations with ongoing feature enhancements. A list of missions and similar projects supported in the past, present and future can be found here.