A satellite interface consists of various subsystems, such as Power, Communications, Data Handling, Onboard Computer, etc. All these sub-systems use a wide variety of satellite interfaces, both internally (within a sub-system) and externally (between sub-systems). These Onboard Interfaces can differ at many levels, such as physical, electrical and on protocol level. To support (sub-)system manufacturers during development and validation phases, C-STS offers a wide range of front-end products.
Multi-Purpose Interface Platform
The Multi-Purpose Interface Platform (MPIP) is a modular, scalable electrical ground support equipment (EGSE) that enables space equipment builders and integrators to test and simulate spacecraft electrical and data interfaces in a fast, flexible and cost-efficient manner.
The TM/TC Front-End is a telemetry (TM) and telecommand (TC) unit which provides direct control of spacecraft using baseband interfaces during spacecraft development, assembly, integration, test (AIT) and launch phases.
The WizardLink Front-End provides high-speed serial interfaces to spacecraft flight equipment. WizardLink is used during spacecraft assembly, integration and test phase to test and validate satellite flight equipment.
The LVDS Front-End provides the Low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) Data/Clock interfaces (electrical and protocol) to satellite flight equipment and can be used on all assembly, integration, and testing (AIT) levels (bread-boarding, module, unit, instrument, panel, and satellite).
The MIL-1553 Front End is an EGSE unit to control, monitor and simulate flight equipment on the satellite onboard data handling bus during the spacecraft development, assembly, satellite integration, and test (AIT) phases.
CAN bus Front-End
The CAN bus Front-End is an EGSE unit to control, monitor and simulate flight equipment on the satellite on-board data handling bus, during the spacecraft development, assembly, integration and test (AIT) phases.