Launch base services and systems virtualisation in Iaas/Paas architecture for multi-launcher operations
Examination committeeDiez Lledó, Eduard
Document typeBachelor thesis
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The boom of the NewSpace market and the small satellites growth have led to the generation of Microlaunchers as a new launch concept. Due to the rise in the demand of launch services, launch bases must adapt to the new requirements of the sector. This project, which is in the frame of the tasks performed by GTD for the Horizon Europe project called SAMMBA, studies the technologies and designs the concepts that will help SAMMBA to develop launch base services that enable cost-effective, agile and flexible launch campaigns, improving the spaceports¿ ability to adjust to the cost and launch rate targeted in the small payload market. This challenge is mainly tackled by three axes throughout this project. The first one is based on the definition of a launch base architecture using a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) approach. It firstly introduces the general concepts established in a launch base architecture, presenting afterwards the main axes of improvement for SAMMBA based on those general concepts. A survey about the current MBSE techniques is performed, finishing with the selection of ARCADIA / Capella as the methodology that adjusts the most to SAMMBA and presenting a preliminary architecture for SAMMBA making use of that MBSE technique. The second part of the project conducts a study in which different innovative and burgeoning technologies are assessed considering SAMMBA requirements and objectives. A preliminary assessment is performed, and the next steps for a further evaluation are indicated for future stages. The third part is based on the implementation of some of the technologies assessed and chosen as feasible for SAMMBA. In that context, Blockchain and Cluster Virtualization are thoroughly studied, trying to adjust them to some of the use cases foreseen for this type of system. Finally, the conclusions of the whole assessment are shown. The results provided indicates that some of the technologies used in other sectors and which have never been applied to the space domain, such as Blockchain, Cluster Virtualization, Drones, AGVs, IaaS, among others, can produce a remarkable effect in the performance of the current spaceports, helping them to fulfil the objectives established and foreseen for the upcoming years.
DegreeGRAU EN ENGINYERIA DE SISTEMES AEROESPACIALS/GRAU EN ENGINYERIA DE SISTEMES DE TELECOMUNICACIÓ (Pla 2015)