Tag Archives: SPACE

DASIA 2013

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This paper describes a proposal for a
space flight demonstration of a low
power, compact Dynamically
Reconfigurable Programmable Board
(DRPB) based upon a minor evolution
of the Astrium Janus payload for
UKube 1.

A PROPOSAL FOR A SPACE FLIGHT DEMONSTRATION OF A DYNAMICALLY RECONFIGURABLE
PROGRAMMABLE MODULE WHICH USES FIRMWARE TO REALISE AN ASTRIUM PATENTED COSMIC
RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR FOR GENERATING SECURE CRYPTOGRAPHIC KEYS

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FPGA Forum 2015 Key Note

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The last 20 years have seen the explosion of FPGA technology used in many different end applications, including those within harsh environments. It therefore follows that system developers wish these devices to operate correctly and safely regardless of environment. When engineers design for a space flight mission, there are a number of environmental factors that may impact mission performance: radiation; temperature; and the dynamic environment. How much weighting each of these environmental factors has depends upon the end space application which are typically grouped into one of three categories Launcher, Science / Exploration or Telecommunication.  Regardless of the end application the engineer must consider FPGA technology, Mitigation strategies at both the FPGA and System level along with lessons learned from previous missions. However, these techniques and mitigation strategies are not just limited to space applications but can also be applied to terrestrial applications

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High Performance FPGA’s Take Flight in Micro Satellites Issue 75

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xilinx75The UKube1 mission is the pilot mission for the U.K. Space
Agency’s planned CubeSat program. CubeSats are a class of
nanosatellites that are scalable from the basic 1U satellite
(10 x 10 x 10 cm) up to 3U (30 x 10 x 10 cm) and beyond, and which
are flown in low-earth orbit. The typical development cost of a
CubeSat payload is less than $100,000, and development time is
short. This combination makes CubeSats an ideal platform for verifying
new and exciting technologies in orbit without the associated
overhead or risks that would be present in flying these payloads on
a larger mission. Of course, this class of satellites can present its
own series of design challenges for the engineers involved.
The EADS Astrium payload for the UKube1 mission comprises
two experiments, both of which are FPGA based. The first experiment
is the validation of a patent held by Astrium on random-number
generation. True random-number generation is an essential component
of secure communications systems. The second experiment
is the flight of a large, high-performance Xilinx® Virtex®-4 FPGA
with the aim of achieving additional in-flight experience with this
technology while gaining an understanding of the device’s radiation
performance and capabilities in the low-earth orbit (LEO). Figure 1
shows the architecture of the payload.

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Design West 2013

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Space: The Final Frontier – FPGAs for Space and Harsh Environments

The last 20 years have seen the explosion of FPGA technology used in many different
end applications, including those within harsh environments. It therefore follows that
system developers wish these devices to operate correctly and safely regardless of
environment. When engineers design for a spaceflight mission, there are three main
environmental factors that will impact performance: radiation; temperature; and
vibration and shock

Paper available here :- ESC-322Paper_Taylor

Slides Available here :- ESC-322Slides_Taylor

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White Paper – Flying High-Performance FPGAs on Satellites: Two Case Studies

When considering flying an FPGA within a satellite mission, ensuring the device and design will work
within the radiation environment is the first of a number of parameters to take into account. In this
paper I am going to consider the parameters which must be considered when flying a highperformance
FPGA in two very different missions.

  • Ukube1, a CubeSat mission scheduled for launch in late 2013
  • A generic FPGA processing card for use in a number of GEO missions

Of these two missions, one UKube has been delivered for launch, while the generic FPGA processing
card is currently in development. Both of these missions have their own challenges and unique
requirements which need to be addressed. At the same time, however, both missions also have
common driving requirements.

Paper available here :- STS-401Paper_Taylor

Slides available here :- STS-401Slides_Taylor

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