Operational design and on-board payload data processing of the small satellite "Flying Laptop" with an FPGA-based onboard computing system

Toshinori Kuwahara, F. Böhringer, A. Falke, J. Eickhoff, F. Huber, H. P. Röser

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Abstract

The small satellite Flying Laptop is the first satellite developed by the Institute of Space Systems at the Universität Stuttgart within the "Stuttgart Small Satellite Program." In this paper the operational design and the on-board payload data processing of the satellite are described. The Flying Laptop is a test bed for an on-board computer with a reconfigurable, redundant and self-controlling high computational ability which is based on a field programmable gate array (FPGA). In addition to this, it has more than ten mission goals including technology demonstration and scientific Earth observation. The designed operational concept enables the achievement of these mission goals, and the developed payload data processing methods expand the scientific usage and enable new possibilities for real-time applications. The operational concept which reflects the aspects of attitude control mode, ground communication, power management, and on-board data handling has been established. The hierarchical architecture of the subsystem and components mode are developed in a state-machine diagram and tested by means of Math Works Simulink-/Stateflow Toolbox. Furthermore, the concept of the on-board payload data processing and its implementation is described and possible applications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Pages3880-3887
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 2008 Sep 292008 Oct 3

Publication series

NameInternational Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Volume6

Other

Other59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period08/9/2908/10/3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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