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