On 12 June 2023, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg launched AI4Space from the Vandenberg Space Force Base onboard a SpaceX rocket. AI4Space will test machine learning algorithms to detect temperature anomalies in satellite systems in a more advanced way than is currently done.

The experiment is especially relevant for the space industry, but its applications are far-reaching. In fact, measuring the temperature of a satellite – or any electronic device – is a reliable way of monitoring its health.

To make an analogy with the human body, it’s like taking the temperature as well as the pulse of a person. And while absolute values are important, any variations in temperature in time can tell us something key about the satellite’s health.

Dr. Jan Thoemel, Head of the CubeSatLab at SnT

The host satellite is currently en route to its final destination in Low Earth orbit, where it will be deployed and tested before kickstarting SnT’s experiment.

Read more: https://www.researchluxembourg.org/en/ai4space-a-first-research-luxembourg-experiment-in-space/

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