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MODULAR MODEL-BASED DESIGN AND TESTING FOR APPLICATIONS IN SATELLITES

Objective

The space domain, as many other engineering sectors, is actively considering novel methods and tools based on artificial intelligence, Digital Twins, virtual design and testing, and other Industry 4.0 concepts, in order to manage the increased complexity of the design of upcoming satellites. Nevertheless, especially from the satellite on-board software engineering point of view, these technologies require a solid ground to be built upon. First of all, the computational power of the hardware platform must meet the needs of the advanced algorithms running on top of it. The software layer too must both allow an efficient use of the hardware resources and at the same time guarantee non-functional properties such as dependability in compliance with ECSS standards. Finally, the design methods need to adapt to the specific challenges posed by both the increased complexity of the hardware/software layers and the Industry 4.0 concepts.
The METASAT vision is that a design methodology based on Model-Based engineering jointly with the use of open architecture hardware constitutes that solid ground. To reach its vision, METASAT will leverage existing software virtualisation layers (e.g. hypervisors), that already provide guarantees in terms of standards compliance, on top of high-performance computing platforms based on open hardware architectures. The focus of the project will be on the development of a toolchain to design software modules for this hardware/software layer. Without such measures the time and cost of developing new systems could become prohibitive as system complexity grows, reducing competitiveness, innovation, and potentially dependability across the industry.
A high quality and complementary consortium comprising knowledge generators (IKL, BSC and ALES), plus an SME technology integrator (FEN) and an end user from the space sector (OHB), will be able to test in a real scenario the new design toolchain that will enable the runtime deployment of software module

Coordinator

BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION
Net EU contribution
€ 490 131,00
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Spain

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 490 131,00

Participants (4)

IKERLAN S. COOP
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 396 632,50
Address
P Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta 2
20500 Mondragon

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Gipuzkoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 396 632,50
FENT INNOVATIVE SOFTWARE SOLUTIONSSL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 376 381,00
Address
Camino Vera Ciudad Politecnica De La Innovacion
46022 Valencia

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 376 381,00
OHB SYSTEM AG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 338 556,00
Address
Universitatsallee 27-29
28359 Bremen

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Region
Bremen Bremen Bremen, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 338 556,00
ADVANCED LABORATORY ON EMBEDDED SYSTEMS SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 397 800,00
Address
Piazza Dell'indipendenza 23 B/c
00185 Roma

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 397 800,00