FPGA to satellite: please respond!

Abstract

A reliable data connection between satellite and ground station is essential to the success of any satellite mission - to this end, we recently implemented a system for a customer based on our Mercury KX1 module and using FPGA Manager PCI Express

The Mercury KX1, mounted on custom PCIe-capable base board we also developed for the application, acts as the main communication controller for a test system that is used to verify the communication between individual satellite components as well as the communication between the satellite and the ground station.

The host computer software, providing a GUI for setting up, running and analyzing communication tests, was also developed by our engineering team.

Employed Technologies

Xilinx Kintex-7 | WizardLink | VHDL | C# | C++

Involved Enclustra Services

FPGA System Design | FPGA HardwareFPGA HDL | Host Computer Software

Involved Enclustra Products

Mercury KX1 | FPGA Manager™ PCIe