On Board Data Handling

The activities of the On Board Data Handling group, led by Dr Chris Bridges, are related to efficient system design involving, cutting-edge micro- and nano- technologies, advanced software developments and biologically inspired artificial intelligence techniques.

Single Satellite OBDH Upgrades

Single satellites are controlled in many different ways; from radiation-hardened-by-design (RHBD) and custom field programmable gate array designs (FPGA) to implementing and 'ruggedising' modern commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies. This research stream aims to deliver new OBC hardware and software solutions for small satellite missions and applications towards high throughput/bandwidth processing capabilities at lower power and cost.

OBDH payloads illustration

Distributed Satellite Systems (DSS)

Distributed satellite systems and missions can offer greater temporal and spatial resolution than single-satellite missions. Utilising close-proximity operations, constellations, or clusters of loosely coupled satellites, this research stream aims to provide new and novel solutions to hard and soft real time networked multi-node operations. These are particularly different than terrestrial networks and are analogous to highly mobile ad-hoc networks (MANETs) with intermittent connectivity.

Distributed satellite systems illustration

CubeSat OBC Demonstrators

Since 2006, Dr Chris Bridges has been working towards new computing and software payloads and experiments for the low cost & resource constrained CubeSat standard and platform. Leveraging from existing terrestrial technologies, the group explores how the space environment affects microelectronics such as smartphone processors & parallelised image processors through ground testing.

STRaND overview illustration