SpaceFibre Interfaces and Architectures

Stephen Parkes, Albert Ferrer Florit, Alberto Gonzalez-Villafranca

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SpaceFibre is the next generation of SpaceWire network technology for spacecraft on-board data-handling. It runs over electrical or fibre-optic cables, operates at very high data rates, and provides in-built quality of service (QoS) and fault detection, isolation and recovery (FDIR) capabilities, providing high-reliability and high-availability. This paper provides an introduction to SpaceFibre and then describes how SpaceFibre can be used as an instrument interface, as the interface and memory interconnection network in a massmemory unit, as the interface to a downlink transmitter and as the backplane for a payload processing unit. The paper also describes an overall payload processing architecture based on SpaceFibre and explains how existing SpaceWire equipment can be readily integrated into a SpaceFibre network.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538668542
ISBN (Print)9781538668559
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2019
Event2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference - Big Sky, United States
Duration: 2 Mar 20199 Mar 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1095-323X


Conference2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference
CountryUnited States
CityBig Sky
Internet address


  • FDIR
  • FPGA
  • Network
  • Next Generation Interconnect
  • Quality of Service
  • RTG4
  • Radiation Tolerant
  • SpaceFibre
  • SpaceVPX
  • SpaceWire
  • Spacecraft On-board Data-Handling
  • VITA

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    Parkes, S., Ferrer Florit, A., & Gonzalez-Villafranca, A. (2019). SpaceFibre Interfaces and Architectures. In 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference (pp. 1-8). [8741961] (IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings; Vol. 2019-March). IEEE.