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Advanced Uplink and Downlink Processing Solutions for Mission Critical Space to Ground Connectivity

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SwRI CCSDS solutions are currently in orbit on 11 different NASA, ESA, DoD and commercial missions providing fundamental spacecraft to ground communications.

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Advanced CCSDS uplink and downlink modules provide a critical element of both the spacecraft communications subsystem as well as overall spacecraft fault management

Uplink telecommand processing and downlink telemetry formatting are critical elements of the overall spacecraft communications system. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), as an associate member of the Consultative Committee on Space Data Systems (CCSDS), has extensive uplink/downlink hardware, software and systems engineering expertise. Hardware based solutions, such as the SwRI CCSDS formatter modules provide a wide variety of uplink protocols and downlink formatting options to maximize the capabilities and overall link budget of the space to ground telecommunications system.

Integral to the SwRI CCSDS product line is an intelligent command interpreter and telemetry data formatter providing autonomous safe mode operational capabilities. These resources facilitate fault management by allowing command and telemetry connectivity in the absence of flight software.

SwRI CCSDS solutions have a proven compatibility with transceiver for STDN, USN, DSN, and AFSCN space telecommunications networks

CCSDS Telemetry Processing

  • Flexible telemetry formatting accommodating a variety of output configurations and encoding
    • CRC
    • Reed-Solomon
    • Turbo
    • Randomization
    • AES-256 encryption
    • Low density parity coding (LDPC)
  • Built-in telemetry formatter accepts and formats CCSDS source packets into CCSDS CADUs for transmission
  • Telemetry Data Rates up to 5Mbps (S-Band)
  • Telemetry Data Rates up to 300Mbps (X-Band)

CCSDS Telecommand Processing

  • Optional AES-256 decryption
  • Data input rates to 1Mbps
  • Hardware command decoding and validation
  • External cryptographic support

Fault Management and Safe Mode Capabilities

  • Autonomous hardware based state of health data collection, packetization, formatting and downlink
    • Analog telemetry
    • Bi-level telemetry
    • Configuration settings
  • Safe mode command decoder
    • Critical system commands
    • Hardware discrete outputs

Bus Interfaces

  • MIL-STD-1553B BC/RT
  • SpaceWire
  • Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • I2C
  • Synchronous Serial (LVDS, RS-422)
  • Asynchronous Serial (UART)
  • CompactPCI

Related Technology

space applications •  spacecraft technology •  space avionics •  advanced spacecraft avionics •  payload processing solutions •  high-speed digital data manipulation •  management •  algorithm development •  applied mathematics •  advanced computing solutions

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