Modelling small satellite and data analysis from satellite swarm

HPC-Competence Center

VU MIF IT Research Center (ITRC) manages largest supercomputer in Lithuanian educational sector. It provides supercomputing power combined together with research potential of highly skilled university professionals. ITRC is spreading HPC , Cloud and GRID technologies in Lithuania for more than 10 years, helping business through education.

The Enterprise

NanoAvionics is a Small Satellite and CubeSat mission integrator which provides products and technological solutions ranging from separate electronic and mechanical subsystems, complete integral satellite platforms to mission integration services. Company supplies various customers worldwide.

How HPC makes the difference

Fig: LituanicaSAT-2 model

Creating first satellite was a big challenge for small start-up, which was created by passionate people. Vilnius University and ITRC were the ones who helped them overcome their challenges. Cooperation started long time ago, but HPC usage was introduced quite recently and that helped them to do different kind of data analysis.

One of HPC application field is telemetry data analysis. LituanicaSAT-2 is a 3U CubeSat intended for the scientific mission of the “QB50” constellation of 50 CubeSats. The “QB50” project is led by the Von Karman Institute (VKI) for fluid dynamics (Belgium), under the European Commission’s research and innovation programme FP7 (2007-2013). The project involves 50 institutions all over the world each building their CubeSats that will be launched into space during the “QB50” mission.

The scientific aim of “QB50” is to carry out atmospheric research within the lower thermosphere (altitude between 200 and 500 km ), which is the least explored layer of the atmosphere. HPC resources were used for primary modeling of the satellite and their goal was achieved a lot faster and more efficiently. Nano avionics is planning to continue the collaboration in the future.