Autonomous Mission Planning for OLFAR: A Satellite Swarm in Lunar Orbit for Radio Astronomy

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Orbiting Low Frequency Array for Radio Astronomy (OLFAR) is a radio astronomy mission that has been studied since 2010 by several Dutch universities and research institutes. The mission aims at producing sky maps by collecting cosmic signals at ultra-low wavelengths regimes, below the 30 MHz frequency band. A satellite swarm comprising more than 10 satellites equipped with passive antennas will be deployed in space where the radio frequency interference can be minimized, e.g., on the far side of the moon. So far, several studies have been devoted to design the space segment, which consists of the payload and platform elements. However, the ground segment, particularly the mission planning system has not yet been designed in detail. In this paper, a systematical mission planning method for OLFAR is presented after a mission planning problem is formulated based on the current satellite design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Subtitle of host publicationThe CyberSpace Edition, 12-14 October 2020
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2020
Event71st International Astronautical Congress: The Cyberspace Edition -
Duration: 12 Oct 202014 Oct 2020
Conference number: 71

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
ISSN (Print)0074-1795


Conference71st International Astronautical Congress
Abbreviated titleIAC 2020
OtherVirtual/online event due to COVID-19

Bibliographical note

Virtual/online event due to COVID-19. Accepted Author Manuscript


  • Mission planning
  • radio astronomy
  • satellite swarm
  • lunar orbit
  • ground segment
  • autonomy

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