The human-centric approach to satellite operations gives rise to significant inefficiencies. Latency, limited communication windows, and expensive downlink represent bottlenecks that are detrimental to the effectiveness of the mission.
To address these problems, AIKO has developed MiRAGE, an onboard automation software package that provides the spacecraft with complete independence from ground control.
MiRAGE analyzes data from the satellite and its operational environment to devise and execute a dynamic schedule of tasks. The enabled autonomous capabilities therefore augment satellites with the ability to perceive and react to unexpected events, lowering operational costs and improving the quality of delivered services.
MiRAGE consists of three key pillars: (i) onboard data processing, (ii) operations planning, and (iii) autonomous control. Collectively, these pillars enable autonomous sensing, mission planning, satellite control, and cooperative systems in vast scenarios.
The customers of MiRAGE are spacecraft manufacturers and operators. Their needs include:
Space is a global business, therefore AIKO targets satellite manufacturers and operators across the world.
MiRAGE is a software package that enables in-space mission autonomy for satellites.
MiRAGE boasts event detection and pattern recognition capabilities obtained through payload and telemetry data processing.
The software abstracts a simple cognitive architecture from complex space systems, providing satellites with the ability to:
The MiRAGE core libraries have been successfully tested for x86-64 and ARM computing architectures. Moreover, processing modules are compatible with a wide range of hardware accelerators (including Intel Myriad, Google Coral, Nvidia Jetson), resulting in several key advantages:
MiRAGE enables autonomous operations on satellites, overcoming the limitations of human centric spacecraft operations. The independence from ground control paves the way for benefits such as a reduction of mission operations costs, increased activity lifespan, and optimized use of resources.
MiRAGE will also become the pillar for logistical scalability of novel constellation architectures, in which hundreds or even thousands of satellites will operate collaboratively to reach mission goals.
Officially started in May 2021, the InCubed program is set to last two years. In this timeframe, AIKO intends to improve the technical soundness of MiRAGE by testing it in real operational scenarios, gaining flight hours in the process.
For this endeavor, AIKO is running the Early Adopters Program (EAP) to grant selected partners with early technological access to MiRAGE, ensuring compatibility of the product with the needs of potential customers.
Thus, AIKO is leveraging the InCubed development resources: