Ground and Onboard Decision-Making on Satellite Data Downloads


  • Adrien Maillard ONERA - The French Aerospace Lab
  • Cédric Pralet ONERA - The French Aerospace Lab
  • Jean Jaubert Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales
  • Isabelle Sebbag Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales
  • Frédéric Fontanari Airbus Defence and Space
  • Julien L'Hermitte Airbus Defence and Space



scheduling, planning, space applications


In this paper, we show how decision-making on data download plans can be shared between ground and onboard planning to face uncertainty about the volumes of data generated by observations: flexible plans are produced on the ground when volumes are uncertain, together with commitments to high-priority data downloads; these plans are then adapted on board when exact volumes are known, while guaranteeing that ground commitments be satisfied. This setting arises in a space application where Earth observation satellites perform observations, which produce data to be recorded on board and then downloaded to ground reception stations, but the volume of data generated by observations is uncertain, due to the execution of sophisticated compression algorithms between acquisition and data recording.




How to Cite

Maillard, A., Pralet, C., Jaubert, J., Sebbag, I., Fontanari, F., & L’Hermitte, J. (2015). Ground and Onboard Decision-Making on Satellite Data Downloads. Proceedings of the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, 25(1), 273-281.



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