SpaceFibre implementation, test and validation

Stephen (Steve) Parkes (Lead / Corresponding author), Chris McClements, David McLaren, Angel Monera Martinez, Albert Ferrer Florit, Alberto Gonzalez Villafranca

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Citations (Scopus)


SpaceFibre is a multi-gigabit/s data link and network technology for use onboard spacecraft. Compatible with SpaceWire at the packet level, SpaceFibre runs over electrical and optical media. It provides extensive quality of service (QoS) and fault detection, isolation and recovery (FDIR) capabilities that are designed specifically for spacecraft applications. This paper provides a short introduction to SpaceFibre and then describes how SpaceFibre is being implemented. It introduces some SpaceFibre test equipment and explains how SpaceFibre has been validated. SpaceFibre is designed to support high data rate payload data-handling like synthetic aperture radar (SAR), multi-spectral imaging systems and fast mass memory. It is an ideal candidate for the next generation of spacecraft interconnect, being an open standard designed specifically for spacecraft applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 International SpaceWire Conference (SpaceWire), Athens, Greece 22–26th September 2014
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 6th International SpaceWire Conference
EditorsSteve Parkes, Carole Carrie
Place of PublicationDundee
PublisherSpace Technology Centre, University of Dundee
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780955719653
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event6th International SpaceWire Conference, SpaceWire 2014 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 22 Sept 201426 Sept 2014


Conference6th International SpaceWire Conference, SpaceWire 2014
Internet address


  • FDIR
  • Network
  • Next Generation Interconnect
  • Quality of Service
  • Spacecraft Onboard Data-Handling
  • SpaceFibre
  • SpaceWire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software


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