© 2013

A Combined Data and Power Management Infrastructure

For Small Satellites

  • Jens Eickhoff

Part of the Springer Aerospace Technology book series (SAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Jens Eickhoff
    Pages 1-26
  3. Sam Stratton, Dave Stevenson
    Pages 27-41
  4. Barry M. Cook, Paul Walker, Roger Peel
    Pages 43-58
  5. Sandi Habinc
    Pages 59-102
  6. Rouven Witt, Manfred Hartling
    Pages 103-117
  7. Artur Eberle, Michael Wiest, Rouven Witt
    Pages 119-131
  8. Michael Lengowski, Fabian Steinmetz
    Pages 133-150
  9. N.N., Alexander N. Uryu
    Pages 151-172
  10. Michael Fritz, Nico Bucher, Rouven Witt
    Pages 173-194
  11. Hans-Peter Röser, FLP Team
    Pages 195-204
  12. Jens Eickhoff
    Pages 205-238
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 239-249

About this book


In 2009 the need for a suitable onboard computer design arose for the small satellite project at the Institute of Space Systems, University of Stuttgart, Germany. It had to meet the constraints imposed by the small satellite (a 130 kg CubeSat) with its full featured ACS, diverse payloads and full CCSDS telecommand and telemetry standard compliance.

The design of the Onboard Computer system lead to a functional merging between onboard computer components and the satellite's Power Control and Distribution Unit, resulting in a very innovative solution – the so-called Combined Data and Power Management Infrastructure. The technical implementation of such a design was achieved with the support of an international industry partner consortium consisting of Astrium GmbH, Aeroflex Colorado Springs Inc., 4Links Ltd., Aeroflex Gaisler AB, Vectronic Aerospace GmbH and HEMA Kabeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG.

At end of the flight unit's development the consortium decided to provide a single consistent documentation of the developed CDPI Infrastructure. The technical overview should be available for other university students in a sort of mix between technical brochure and user guide. This book also might be of interest for future university or industry partners who intend to order rebuilds / adaptations of the CDPI infrastructure or even the entire satellite bus in Stuttgart for their missions.


CCSDS Commanding Combined Data and Power Management Flying Laptop Infrastructure CDPI LEON3FT Chip UT699 Power Control and Distribution Unit PCDU Radiation Hardness Realtime Operating System Small Satellite Project FLP Space Proof Target Satellite Platform

Editors and affiliations

  • Jens Eickhoff
    • 1
  1. 1., Institut für RaumfahrtsytemeUniversität StuttgartStuttgartGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Combined Data and Power Management Infrastructure
  • Book Subtitle For Small Satellites
  • Editors Jens Eickhoff
  • Series Title Springer Aerospace Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Aerospace Techn.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-35556-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-51246-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-35557-8
  • Series ISSN 1869-1730
  • Series E-ISSN 1869-1749
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 249
  • Number of Illustrations 25 b/w illustrations, 115 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aerospace Technology and Astronautics
    Control Structures and Microprogramming
    Circuits and Systems
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From the reviews:

“The text is organized into ten chapters, written by a total of 20 individual authors. Each chapter addresses the functionality and design of a particular modular circuit board … . this text is recommended as a reference and guide to students of small-scale satellite design, and to practitioners who actually build and operate such satellites, for whom these cutting-edge modular design approaches would be advantageous.” (A. G. Larson, Computing Reviews, November, 2013)