SpaceFibre Network and Routing Switch

Stephen Parkes, Albert Ferrer Florit, Alberto Gonzalez-Villafranca, Christopher McClements, David McLaren

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SpaceFibre is the next generation of the widely used SpaceWire technology for spacecraft on-board data-handling applications. SpaceFibre provides much higher performance, has integrated quality of service and fault detection, isolation and recovery capabilities. It runs over electrical or fibre optic media and is able to operate over distances of up to 5 m over electrical cables and 100 m over fibre optic cables. The SpaceFibre network layer uses the same packet format and routing concepts as SpaceWire, enhancing them with the concept of independent, parallel virtual networks, each of which operates like an independent SpaceWire network running over a single physical network. An essential component in a SpaceFibre network is the routing switch. STAR-Dundee has designed, built and tested a SpaceFibre routing switch in a commercial FPGA, using it to support the testing and validation of the network layer concepts developed for SpaceFibre. The architecture of the SUNRISE router is described and current work transferring this design to radiation tolerant technology is outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781509016136
ISBN (Print)9781509016143
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2017
Event2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference - Yellowstone Conference Center, Big Sky, United States
Duration: 4 Mar 201711 Mar 2017


Conference2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky
Internet address


  • SpaceWire
  • SpaceFibre
  • Network
  • Virtual Network
  • Spacecraft On-board Data-Handling
  • RTG4
  • Quality of Service
  • FDIR
  • Next Generation Interconnect


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