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San Antonio Oct. 27, 2011 Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), along with other international sponsors, will host the International SpaceWire Conference at the Marriott Plaza in San Antonio from Nov. 8-10, 2011. SpaceWire is a network technology primarily developed for use on spacecraft due to its low power consumption and high link speeds.

The International SpaceWire Conference brings together SpaceWire product designers, hardware engineers, software engineers, system developers and mission specialists interested in and working with SpaceWire to share the latest ideas and developments related to SpaceWire technology. The event will benefit the SpaceWire standard and its user community.

SwRI has a long history of space technology development, having flown avionics on more than 60 missions. It is currently working with SpaceWire for NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission, scheduled to launch in 2014. SwRI engineers are also pursuing an internally funded research and development project to define a unified interface for two competing SpaceWire plug-and-play standards to enable rapid development and integration of future spacecraft.

The Institute has been a key player in developing network standards for space systems, as well as aircraft and military ground vehicles. It also has provided custom wired and wireless networks and network security solutions.

SwRI, an independent, nonprofit research organization headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organizations in the United States. Founded in 1947, SwRI provides contract research and development services to industrial and government clients.

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For more information about SwRI's Space Systems and SpaceWire products visit For information about SwRI flight software development visit

For more information, contact Joe Fohn, (210) 522-4630, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, PO Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228-0510.

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