AUTSS - Autonomous Satellite Solutions

Status
Ongoing
Status date
2021-08-25
Activity Code
6B.080
Objectives

Develop and maintain the AUTSS platform, an incubator and accelerator for AI technologies in the Space industry.

Use the AUTSS Platform to investigate three initial machine learning use cases with our partner organisations.

• Investigate the use of deep learning and convLSTM in patterns of life demand prediction for aerospace/maritime satcoms demand planning.

• Investigate baysian networks to improve channel capacity by optimising the receiver chain.

• Investigate using Principle Component analysis in combination with Cluster analysis using Mahalanobis distance to build an event classifier for common mission control systems.

Challenges

Machine learning technologies are cutting-edge technologies, their applications and behaviours are not always well understood or documented.

Capabilities others might consider to be ‘the hard stuff’ (big data, DevOps, automation) are just the simple prerequisites for leveraging AI technologies. 

Benefits

AUTSS provides intuitive and de-mystified access to machine learning technologies for small and medium size enterprises in the Space industry.

Partner organisations are able to quickly and cheaply assess the viability of leveraging AI for a particular use case and, where viable, to seamlessly industrialise a prototype as a delivered product using Machine-Learning-as-a-Service (MLaaS) methodology.

Features

AUTSS offers an on-premises computing platform dedicated to data science activities with an industry-leading security design and strong operational controls from inception.

The AUTSS platform is portable can be deployed to the cloud or on your own premise to suit all business needs.

Leveraging CGI’s long history in the Space and Satcoms industries allows AUTSS to provide industry-specific tooling, assets and knowledge that is not available from large generic vendors. Bespoke machine-learning tooling is designed from the ground up for the challenges of the space industry.

System Architecture

The AUTSS platform is a bespoke data science environment built on powerful NVidia Tesla GPUs in our secure facility in Leatherhead, UK. AUTSS draws on a co-located data lake of reusable open source assets with secure and compartmentalised storage for sensitive data.

AUTSS has the capacity to access cloud services and is fully portable depending on customer needs; it can interface directly to partner organisations to access data pipelines where necessary. These external surfaces are protected by CGI’s SecOps Cyber Security service.

The AUTSS platform itself is built on MLaaS principles and has the capability to support model training from conception through industrialisation and operationalisation into service use.

AUTSS also offers portability features to allow a partner organisation to integrate a machine learning model in-house with minimum fuss after initial prototyping has completed successfully.

Plan

AUTSS initiates with a three-month Definition Phase which develops the initial requirements and architecture concept for the platform and three preliminary use cases which are the first to leverage the platforms incubation and acceleration tooling.

AUTSS continues into a seven-month long technology phase where the platform is constructed and used to complete the prototyping of three use cases for our partner organisations.

Current status

AUTSS is nearing the completion of it’s technology phase; the platform has been developed and two of the three initial use cases have completed their Technology Phases. CGI are preparing Product phases for these use cases and developing a proposal for two further uses cases using machine learning to perform dynamic predictive routing for inter-satellite links.

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