Chinese Academy of Sciences plans to the end of this year to launch the first satellite with open source. The unit “Tanji-1” will be the first element of the future group of such satellites, which is scheduled to deploy in the coming years.
“Satellite “Tanji-1″ will be sent into space as a basic element for a future network of such devices. It will be used to test its key technologies. We are planning to launch one such device per year,” — said researcher of Academy Zhao Suniso news Agency Zhongxinshe.
“Tanji-1” will be powered by cloud computing platform. But as a useful computational load machine will use four Chinese smartphone manufacturers. As noted by the developer, the satellite will be able to work with several basic programming languages.
The source reports that the work on this project began in 2017. Unlike other satellites thanks to the open source “Tanji-1” will not be used for individual tasks, and as a multidisciplinary platform for the needs of different users. For the apparatus it will be possible to develop third-party software necessary to solve those or other problems, upload it to the computer of the satellite and to use its equipment.
As the example was given of environmental organizations. Users will be able in a short time “rent” a satellite for capturing images from orbit, water surface and, comparing them, doing research on the degree of pollution of the seas and oceans. According to the developers, diversified exploitation of the satellite will not only significantly increase the efficiency of its use, but also reduce the cost of various studies.
Another feature of “Tanji-1” will be its ability to handle collected information directly into orbit before it is sent to Earth for various users. In addition, the device can operate in standalone mode, which will reduce the load on the PMU.
In the Chinese Academy of Sciences also noted, that currently is developing devices for the next generation “of Tanji-2” and “Tianji-3”. In the future from a network of satellites, open source plans to create a single orbital intelligent system called Sputnix.