IAI unveils innovative satellite operation management system
SatGuard uses artificial intelligence, big data, and machine learning methods to monitor, operate, and manage satellites, extending their life once in orbit
Yafit Ovadia | 16:17 25.05.2021
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled its innovative system, termed SatGuard, for operating, managing, and observing communication satellites. The SatGuard system is designed to extend the life of satellites deployed into orbit, and is powered by artificial intelligence, big data, and machine learning, capable of detecting anomalies and other irregularities in the satellite operations. SatGuard was developed by IAI’s Systems, Missiles and Space Group along with the government-held company’s internal Innovation Center accelerator program as well as Starburst, an international startup accelerator that focuses on the aerospace sector. Telemetry information received from the satellites enables the system to analyze trends, identify irregularities and changes that occur in the satellite, address them, and prevent future mishaps. Testing on the new system was carried out using the Israeli and French shared Venus satellite, which tracks agricultural and environmental conditions via its Earth observation software, routinely capturing images of ground conditions with a multispectral camera, requiring updates. The Venus satellite was jointly constructed by IAI, Elbit Systems Ltd, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, and researchers at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Some measurements tested and monitored by SatGuard include testing Venus’ sub-systems navigation accuracy, external and internal temperatures, electric currents and voltages, dynamical behavior, and communication subsystems.