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Hi-FLY: Improving Space On-board Data Handling and Transfer Capabilities

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STAR-Dundee is a partner in Hi-FLY, a research project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. The aim of Hi-FLY is to develop and validate innovative technologies to remarkably improve space on-board data handling and transfer capabilities, primarily for Earth Observation and partly also for Telecom future missions.  To achieve this goal, Hi-FLY will make substantial advances in all major elements of the data chain including inter-satellite and on-board networks, payload processing, data compression, protection, storage and transmission.

STAR-Dundee’s role includes providing a standard interface, SpaceFibre, to the instruments and elements of the payload data chain. This is scalable to sustain data-rates from 1 Gbit/s to 40 Gbit/s per link and supports very high-speed data transfer and equipment control, configuration and monitoring through the same interface, enhancing overall system reliability. The end to end data chain will support an input data-rate from instruments of 50 Gbit/s and an output data-rate to the downlink of 10 Gbit/s.

The Hi-FLY project partners are:

  • Airbus Defence and Space GMBH  
  • Airbus Defence and Space SAS  
  • Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co.KG  
  • STAR-Dundee Limited  
  • University of Dundee 
  • Integrated Systems Development S.A.   
  • Deutsches Zentrum Luft - und Raumfahrt e.V.
  • Kongsberg Spacetec AS  
  • Erzia Technologies SL  
  • Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona 
  • Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon  
  • Modus Research and Innovation Limited

Further information on the Hi-FLY project can be found on the Hi-FLY project website, while a video providing an overview of the project is available on the Hi-FLY YouTube channel.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 776151