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SHINe: Simulator for Satellite on-Board High-Speed Networks Featuring SpaceFibre and SpaceWire Protocols

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Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, 56100 Pisa, Italy
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IngeniArs s.r.l., 5610 Pisa0, Italy
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Space Research and Technology Centre, European Space Agency, 2201 AZ Noordwijk, The Netherlands
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Aerospace 2019, 6(4), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace6040043
Received: 5 February 2019 / Revised: 28 March 2019 / Accepted: 6 April 2019 / Published: 12 April 2019
The continuous innovation of satellite payloads is leading to an increasing demand of data-rate for on-board satellite networks. In particular, modern optical detectors generate and need to transfer data at more than 1 Gbps, a speed that cannot be satisfied with standardized technologies such as SpaceWire. To fill this gap, the European Space Agency (ESA) is supporting the development of a new high-speed link standard, SpaceFibre. SpaceFibre provides a data-rate higher than 6.25 Gbps, together with the possibility to use multiple Virtual Channels running over the same physical link, each one configurable with flexible Quality of Service parameters. These features make a SpaceFibre network very appealing but also complex to set up in order to achieve the desired end-to-end requirements. To help this process, a Simulator for HIgh-speed Network (SHINe) based on the open-source toolkit OMNeT++ has been developed and is presented in this paper. It supports the simulation of SpaceFibre and SpaceWire protocols in order to help both the final steps of the standardization process and the system engineers in the setup and test of new networks. SHINe allows to precisely simulate common network metrics, such as latency and bandwidth usage, and it can be connected to real hardware in a Hardware-in-the-Loop configuration. View Full-Text
Keywords: SpaceFibre; SpaceWire; network simulator; on-board satellite networks; OMNeT++ SpaceFibre; SpaceWire; network simulator; on-board satellite networks; OMNeT++
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Leoni, A.; Nannipieri, P.; Davalle, D.; Fanucci, L.; Jameux, D. SHINe: Simulator for Satellite on-Board High-Speed Networks Featuring SpaceFibre and SpaceWire Protocols. Aerospace 2019, 6, 43.

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