SpaceFibre: GBIT/S links for use on board spacecraft

Steve Parkes, Martin Suess, Martin Dunstan, Chris McClements

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    SpaceFibre is a very high-speed serial communications link being designed for use on spacecraft. It connects high data-rate payloads into the onboard data-handling system. SpaceFibre is designed to operate at speeds of 2.5 Gbits/s or higher depending on the specific driver/receiver technology used. It is also designed to operate seamlessly with a SpaceWire network with a single SpaceFibre link being able to carry data from many SpaceWire links. This paper provides an introduction to SpaceFibre and describes the work done by University of Dundee in developing a SpaceFibre prototype. The paper is aimed at spacecraft system engineers and product managers and will show how SpaceFibre fills a growing gap in onboard communications links for spacecraft, which is being widened by the high data-rate demands of new instruments. It will conclude with an overview of the current state of the SpaceFibre data-link definition and its supporting technologies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009
    PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781615679089
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


    • At-speed
    • Data handling systems
    • Data-rate
    • High-speed serial
    • New instrument
    • On-board spacecrafts
    • Product manager
    • Spacecraft system
    • Supporting technology


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