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SPACEWIRE RT

Objective

The trend towards “Operationally Responsive Space”, where spacecraft can be rapidly assembled, configured and deployed, to meet specific mission needs, e.g. disaster support, requires flexible on board communication networks with plug-and-play capability. The growing autonomy of scientific missions to remote planets requires networks that are robust and durable, able to recover from transitory errors and faults automatically. The importance of spacecraft mass reduction motivates the sharing of networks for payload data-handling and avionics. Avionics and robotics impose requirements on network responsiveness and determinism. Increasing international collaboration on scientific and Earth observation spacecraft requires standard network technology where a component developed by one nation will interoperate effectively with equipment developed by another. SpaceWire-RT aims to fulfil these demanding requirements with a flexible, robust, responsive, deterministic and durable standard network technology that is able to support both avionics and payload data-handling applications. SpaceWire is a very successful first step in this direction, providing networking technology for payload data-handling on over 30 major space missions. It falls short, however, of the requirements for avionics systems. A quality of service (QoS) layer is needed for SpaceWire to support mixed avionics and data-handling applications. SpaceWire-RT will: use virtual channels to provide a variety of QoS; provide broadcast and multicast capability; support extremely low latency time and out-of band signalling; and incorporate novel fault detection, isolation and recovery methods. The network will be fully responsible for information transfer, decoupling application and data transfer. Creation of this technology will substantially strengthen collaborative bonds between the Russian and European organisations involved in the research, and lead to technology of vital importance for future space mission.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP-SICA - Small/medium-scale focused research project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
Address
Nethergate
DD1 4HN Dundee
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 224 892,40
Administrative Contact
Zoe Kidd (Ms.)

Participants (4)

SAINT PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY OF AEROSPACE INSTRUMENTATION*SUAI
Russia
EU contribution
€ 149 900
Address
Bolshaya Morskaia 67
190000 St Petersburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vera Syssoeva (Ms.)
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE SUBMICRON OPEN JOINT STOCK COMPANY
Russia
EU contribution
€ 39 660,90
Address
Yuzhnaya Promyshlennaya Zona, Building 2, 4 Passage 4806
124460 Zelenograd Moskva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Galina Elagina (Ms.)
AIRBUS DS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 25 616,50
Address
Robert Koch Strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Rastetter (Mr.)
ELECTRONIC VLSI ENGINEERING & EMBEDDED SYSTEMS
Russia
EU contribution
€ 59 926,40
Address
Zelenograd Passage 4922
124498 Moscow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Tsvetkov (Mr.)