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4 November 2004 Study of highly integrated payload architectures for future planetary missions
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Future planetary missions will require advanced, smart, low resource payloads and satellites to enable the exploration of our solar system in a more frequent, timely and multi-mission manner. A viable route towards low resource science instrumentation is the concept of Highly Integrated Payload Suites (HIPS), which was introduced during the re-assessment of the payload of the BepiColombo (BC) Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO). Considerable mass and power savings were demonstrated throughout the instrumentation by improved definition of the instrument design, a higher level of integration, and identification of resource drivers. The higher integration and associated synergy effects permitted optimisation of the payload performance at minimum investment while still meeting the demanding science requirements. For the specific example of the BepiColombo MPO, the mass reduction by designing the instruments towards a Highly Integrated Payload Suite was found to be about 60%. This has endorsed the acceptance of a number of additional instruments as core payload of the BC MPO thereby enhancing the scientific return. This promising strategic approach and concept is now applied to a set of planetary mission studies for future exploration of the solar system. Innovative technologies, miniaturised electronics and advanced remote sensing technologies are the baseline for a generic approach to payload integration, which is here investigated also in the context of largely differing mission requirements. A review of the approach and the implications to the generic concept as found from the applications to the mission studies are presented.
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Stefan Kraft, Joseph Moorhouse, Arjan L. Mieremet, Maximilien Collon, Jarno Montella, Marco Beijersbergen, J. Harris, Marcel L. van den Berg, Alessandro Atzei, Aleksander Lyngvi, Daniel Renton, Christian Erd, and Peter Falkner "Study of highly integrated payload architectures for future planetary missions", Proc. SPIE 5570, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VIII, (4 November 2004);

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