Website:  http://swipe.tekever.com/


Project full title: Space Wireless sensor networks for Planetary Exploration

Grant agreement no.: 312826

Coordinator: Tekever (PT)

Consortium: TEKEVER (PT); ARQUIMEA (ES); ASTRIUM (FR); University of Leicester (UK); Consortium for Research in Automation and Telecommunications (C.R.A.T.) (IT)

Duration: 31 months

Starting Date: April 2013

Expected Ending: December 2015

Key Persons: Dr. Antonio Pietrabissa, Prof. Francesco Delli Priscoli, Dr. Guido Oddi

Project Description: In order to prepare for manned missions to other planets, it is necessary to monitor permanently the surface environment and have a clear notion of its conditions.

Hundreds or thousands of small wireless sensors could be dropped from a satellite orbiting the planet onto the surface to assure a uniform and sufficient coverage. These autonomous sensors would then create their own ad hoc network while some of them, equipped with satellite communication capabilities, would establish a link between the WSN and the satellite. Data gathered from the sensors would be processed and sent to the satellite and later to Earth.

SWIPE intends to bring hybrid satellite-ad hoc networks to space.

CRAT Contribution: CRAT is the leader of the energy-aware resource management algorithms and protocols for the WSN MANET segment.

Relevant Publications:

Pietrabissa, F. Liberati, “Energy-balancing in multi-hop Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs): an approach based on reinforcement learning”, in Proceedings of the NASA/ESA Adaptive Hardware and Systems conference (AHS-2014), Leicester, UK, July 14-18, 2014.

G. Oddi, A. Pietrabissa, F. Delli Priscoli, V. Suraci, “A decentralized load balancing algorithm for heterogeneous wireless access networks”, in Proc. of the the World Telecommunication Congress (WTC14), Berlin, GE, 2014.

P. Rodrigues, A. Oliveira, R. Mendes, F. Alvarez, M. Crosnier, T. Vladimirova, F. Delli Priscoli, G. Oddi, A. Pietrabissa, “Wireless sensor networks for moon exploration”, accepted for presentation in IAF 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2013), Beijing, China, 23-27 September, 2013.

G. Oddi, A. Pietrabissa, “A distributed multi - path algorithm for wireless ad - hoc networks based on Wardrop routing”, Proc. 21st Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED 2013), June 25-28, 2013, Platanias-Chania, Crete, Greece, pp. 930-935, doi: 10.1109/MED.2013.6608833.

M. Panfili, A. Pietrabissa, “A Lexicographic Approach to Constrained MDP Admission Control”, Proc. 21st Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED 2013), June 25-28, 2013, Platanias-Chania, Crete, Greece, pp. 1428-1433, doi: 10.1109/MED.2013.6608908.