As we’ve discussed in our previous article on contingencies, the phrase “set in stone” seems like an anomaly. This is because satellite operators work in a domain where agility and adaptability are paramount: being locked into rigid command sequences can make reacting to unforeseen circumstances a lot difficult.
At Leanspace, one of our key goals is to give control to customers. It’s paramount to do this as the dynamic nature of space missions, combined with ever-evolving ground-based requirements, necessitates a solution that is both robust and flexible. Enter the revamped Commands tool, where the age-old tug of war between control and agility finds its harmony.
But what about the day to day of satellite operations, such as routine operations? Do they also need to be agile and flexible? The answer is yes. Let’s dive in.
Managing unforeseen changes in your pass
Imagine this: You’re completing some routine maintenance and have meticulously planned a command sequence, aligning every step with precision. But suddenly, a new requirement emerges, or an unforeseen variable comes into play. Traditionally, this would mean going back to the drawing board, reworking the sequence, and incurring potential delays. But with the Commands tool, reorganizing is a breeze.
Satellite operators can now effortlessly shuffle commands within a single sequence or even transfer them between different sequences. This fluidity ensures that operations can adapt in real-time, responding to changes without missing a beat.
As you can see in the below image, the command sequences have been moved from one to another. With the Commands tool, you can do that with a single API call or via the Console GUI, allowing you to have the flexibility to make changes on the fly.
Control at Your Fingertips
While agility is indispensable, it shouldn’t come at the cost of control. The Commands tool offers satellite operators the reins to their operations, allowing them to dictate the flow of commands while also ensuring that they can pivot when necessary.
When operators are planning their next round of routine maintenance, they can set up their command sequences in advance within the Commands tool. Both for the commands that they expect to use, but also for alternative commands if circumstances change.
So, if the telemetry indicates that some minor changes are required to the Commands Sequences, such as their order, operators can make these changes immediately.
This balance ensures that while operators have the freedom to adapt, they also maintain oversight, ensuring that missions remain on track and objectives are met.
Check out the diagram below which covers this.
Bringing together Control and Agility
The revamped Commands tool is a testament to the fact that control and agility can coexist. By offering satellite operators the flexibility to reorganize command sequences on-the-fly, we’re not just enabling adaptability; we’re championing it. In doing so, we’re ensuring that satellite missions, regardless of their complexity, can be managed with both precision and adaptability.
In conclusion, the future of satellite operations lies in tools that can balance the stringent demands of space missions with the dynamic needs of ground-based operations. By seamlessly merging control with agility, the Commands tool is setting a new benchmark in satellite command management.
If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to one of our engineers.