SpaceWire: a spacecraft onboard network for real-time communications

S. M. Parkes, P. Armbruster

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    SpaceWire is a real-time communications network for use onboard spacecraft. It has been designed to connect together sensors, mass-memories, processing units, and downlink telemetry sub-systems onboard a spacecraft into a lightweight, high-performance data-handling network. This paper provides an introduction to SpaceWire and the SpaceWire standard. It describes the key features of SpaceWire and gives an overview of several radiation tolerant chips that are being developed to support the use of SpaceWire. The many current and planned space missions that are using or plan to use SpaceWire for onboard data-handling are also introduced
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th IEEE-NPSS Real Time Conference 2005
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9780780391833
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event14th IEEE-NPSS Real Time Conference 2005 - Alba Nova University Centre, Stockholm, Sweden
    Duration: 4 Jun 200510 Jun 2005


    Conference14th IEEE-NPSS Real Time Conference 2005
    Abbreviated titleRT2005
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