STAR-Dundee is an aerospace engineering company focused on spacecraft on-board data-handling and processing technology. The company delivers a comprehensive range of test and development equipment, chip designs and IP cores to the world’s space agencies and international aerospace industry. STAR-Dundee is a world leader in SpaceWire and SpaceFibre technology.
SpaceWire is a spacecraft on-board data-handling network which connects instruments to the mass-memory, data processors and control processors. SpaceWire is simple to implement and has some specific characteristics that help it support data-handling applications in space: high-speed, low-power, simplicity, relatively low implementation cost, and architectural flexibility making it ideal for many space missions. SpaceWire provides high-speed (2 Mbits/s to 200 Mbits/s), bi-directional, full-duplex data-links, which connect together SpaceWire enabled equipment. Data-handling networks can be built to suit particular applications using point-to-point data-links and routing switches. SpaceWire is already in orbit or being designed into more than 100 spacecraft supporting Earth Observation, Science, Exploration, and Telecommunications missions. High-profile spacecraft using SpaceWire include: Gaia, ExoMars, Bepi-Colombo, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, GOES-R, James Webb Space Telescope, and Astro-H. Read more about SpaceWire.
SpaceFibre is a multi-Gbits/s, on-board network technology for spaceflight applications, which runs over electrical or fibre-optic cables. It complements the capabilities of the widely used SpaceWire on-board networking standard: improving the data rate by a factor of 10, reducing the cable mass by a factor of two and providing quality of service (QoS) and fault detection, isolation and recovery (FDIR) capabilities. Multi-laning improves the data-rate further to well over 20 Gbits/s. SpaceFibre is able to fulfil a wide range of spacecraft on-board communications applications because of its inbuilt QoS and FDIR capabilities. Read more about SpaceFibre.