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.
|Title of host publication||60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009|
|Publisher||International Astronautical Federation|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2009|
- Data handling systems
- High-speed serial
- New instrument
- On-board spacecrafts
- Product manager
- Spacecraft system
- Supporting technology
Parkes, S., Suess, M., Dunstan, M., & McClements, C. (2009). SpaceFibre: GBIT/S links for use on board spacecraft. In 60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009 (Vol. 4, pp. 2905-2912). International Astronautical Federation.