Adapting the Telemetry Collection Module as a Mechanism Control Electronics Master Controller, 15-9151Printer Friendly Version
Inclusive Dates: 07/01/99 - 10/31/99
Background - SwRI used quick-look internal research funds to adapt the telemetry collection module (TCM) developed under internal research project 15-9061 as the central processor for a major aerospace firm's spacecraft mechanism control computer. Internal research funds ensured the Institute's competitive advantage in the procurement while preserving SwRI's right of access to the resulting hardware.
Approach - The general approach used for this program was to compare the capabilities of the TCM and the requirements for the mechanism control electronics (MCE) and modify only those aspects of the existing design that required changes while keeping as many of the existing attributes as we could. To accomplish this modification, the following tasks were performed.
Accomplishments - The modified design is referred to as the SC-196 controller. This moderately performing, radiation-tolerant digital controller fills a previous gap in SwRI's product offering. The design was advanced to the printed wiring board layout stage, and the core processor layout was completed. The board layout completion was deferred to ensure that final, project-unique interface requirements could be made efficiently.