SpaceFibre: The standard, simulation, IP cores and test equipment

Stephen (Steve) Parkes, Chris McClements, David McLaren, Albert Ferrer Florit, Alberto Gonzalez Villafranca

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SpaceFibre is an emerging new standard for spacecraft on-board data-handling networks. Initially targeted to deliver multi-Gbit/s data rates for synthetic aperture radar and high-resolution, multi-spectral imaging instruments, SpaceFibre has developed into a unified network technology that integrates high bandwidth, with low latency, quality of service (QoS) and fault detection, isolation and recovery (FDIR). Furthermore SpaceFibre is backwards compatible with the widely used SpaceWire standard at the network level allowing simple interconnection of existing SpaceWire equipment to a SpaceFibre link or network. Developed by the University of Dundee for the European Space Agency (ESA) SpaceFibre is able to operate over fibre-optic and electrical cable and supports data rates of 2 Gbit/s in the near future and up to 5 Gbit/s long-term. Multi-laning improves the data-rate further to well over 20 Gbits/s. This paper details the current state of SpaceFibre which is now in the process of formal standardisation by the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS). It describes the SpaceFibre IP core being developed for ESA. The design of a SpaceFibre demonstration board is introduced and available SpaceFibre test and development equipment is described. The way in which several SpaceWire links can be concentrated over a single SpaceFibre link will be explained.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
PublisherEuropean Space Agency
ISBN (Print)9789292212964
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015
EventDAta Systems In Aerospace Conference, DASIA 2015 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 19 May 201521 May 2015


ConferenceDAta Systems In Aerospace Conference, DASIA 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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