A virtual maintenance-based approach for satellite assembling and troubleshooting assessment

Jie Geng, Ying Li, Ranran Wang, Zili Wang, Chuan Lv, Dong Zhou

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In this study, a Virtual Maintenance (VM)-based approach for satellite troubleshooting assessment is proposed. By focusing on various elements in satellite assemble troubleshooting, such as accessibility, ergonomics, wiring, and extent of damage, a systematic, quantitative, and objective assessment model is established to decrease subjectivity in satellite assembling and troubleshooting assessment. Afterwards, based on the established assessment model and satellite virtual prototype, an application process of this model suitable for a virtual environment is presented. Finally, according to the application process, all the elements in satellite troubleshooting are analyzed and assessed. The corresponding improvements, which realize the transformation from a conventional way to a virtual simulation and assessment, are suggested, and the flaws in assembling and troubleshooting are revealed. Assembling or troubleshooting schemes can be improved in the early stage of satellite design with the help of a virtual prototype. Repetition in the practical operation is beneficial to companies as risk and cost are effectively reduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-453
Number of pages20
JournalActa Astronautica
StatePublished - Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Satellite troubleshooting
  • Scheme assessment
  • Virtual maintenance


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