Early tomorrow morning at 0445Z, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon carrying the Global AIS on Space Station (GLASS) research and development initiative will launch from SLC40 at Cape Canaveral, FL (0045 EST 18-July-2016) headed to the International Space Station (ISS). GLASS, also known as the “Maritime Awareness” experiment, uses two FLEX-6700 receivers to track maritime vessels across the globe. The FLEX-6700 was chosen for its unique capability to receive eight simultaneous VHF channels spaced across the two Automatic Identification System (AIS) channels to account for doppler shift of the ISS and for the ability to control the radio and receive digital samples using the SmartSDR API and DAX. The received and demodulated AIS signals will be transmitted from the ISS Ku-band downlink to the ground and delivered to the GLASS Ground Operations Center in Houston, TX.
The research objectives of GLASS include:
- Verify the Software Defined Radio architecture is effective in overcoming the Doppler effect on incoming AIS signals while simultaneously resolving multiple, discrete signals.
- Verify HarborlightsTM ability to simultaneously process GLASS AIS signals for multiple customers and regions.
- Investigate the value of collecting and using long-range AIS data.
- Investigate ways in which AIS data obtained from space can be used to support ongoing maritime operations.
- Determine if the data is suitable for trade, economic, resource management, and national security analysis.
- Determine a business model that will make routine availability of ISS-based AIS data is valuable for commercial, scientific, academic and government entities.
The initial project will be commissioned aboard the ISS next month and will run for 12-months. At the end of the 12-month project, a final assessment and report will be produced.
The launch will be streamed live from Space-X at the following website:http://www.spacex.com/webcast
Additional details on the GLASS project can be found on the JAMSS America website (principal investigator) here:
Details can also be found in the CRS-9 manifest and on the NASA website here:
FlexRadio Systems is proud to have been selected as the radio to fly on the ISS for this experiment and we look forward to the results.