SpaceFibre networks: SpaceFibre, long paper

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

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SpaceFibre is the next generation of SpaceWire on-board data-handling network technology for spaceflight operations, which runs over both electrical and fibre optic media. SpaceFibre has many benefits compared to SpaceWire, including much higher data-rates, integrated quality of service, fault recovery capabilities, multi-laning with graceful degradation and hot and cold redundancy, and low-latency broadcast messages that can carry 8-bytes of user information. Importantly SpaceFibre is backwards compatible with SpaceWire at the network level, allowing existing SpaceWire equipment to be incorporated into a SpaceFibre network without modification. SpaceFibre networks have been defined by the University of Dundee and STAR-Dundee, and incorporated in the network layer definition of the current draft SpaceFibre standard. STARDundee has designed a SpaceFibre routing switch to evaluate various routing concepts, validate the standard specification and demonstrate a complete SpaceFibre network. A demonstration system has been built and key parts of the SpaceFibre network technology have been demonstrated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 International SpaceWire Conference (SpaceWire)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International SpaceWire Conference
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780955719684
ISBN (Print)9781509008780
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2016
EventInternational SpaceWire Conference 2016 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 25 Oct 201727 Oct 2017


ConferenceInternational SpaceWire Conference 2016
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  • SpaceFibre
  • SpaceWire
  • Networking
  • Spacecraft Electronics


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