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apex: A new commercial off-the-shelf on-board computer platform for sounding rockets

Maas, Nico Bernd and Willnecker, Rainer and Hemmersbach, Ruth and Hauslage, Jens (2019) apex: A new commercial off-the-shelf on-board computer platform for sounding rockets. Review of Scientific Instruments, 90, p. 105101. American Institute of Physics (AIP). doi: 10.1063/1.5118855. ISSN 0034-6748.

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Official URL: https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.5118855


In order to supersede the aging Microchip ATMEGA328P as the de facto standard for Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) On-Board Computers (OBCs) with a more powerful system for different kinds of high-speed sensors and image acquisition applications, we developed advanced processors, encryption, and security experiment (apex). The platform consisting of a newly developed OBC using COTS components has been flight tested during the ATEK/MAPHEUS-8 sounding rocket campaign. The main advantages of the apex OBC lies in the speed and simplicity of the design while maintaining operational security with a redundant master-master microcontroller system, as well as dual flash storage within each master. Additionally, a single board computer with a containerized and failure-resistant Operating System (OS) (balenaOS) was included to allow usage of a high-definition camera or other more compute-intensive tasks. The bench and flight tests were performed successfully and already showed feasible ways to further improve operational performance.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/129725/
Document Type:Article
Title:apex: A new commercial off-the-shelf on-board computer platform for sounding rockets
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Maas, Nico BerndUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6162-4755UNSPECIFIED
Hemmersbach, RuthDLR German Aerospace Center, Biomedical Research, Gravitational Biology, Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hauslage, JensGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Gravitational Biology, Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:1 October 2019
Journal or Publication Title:Review of Scientific Instruments
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:p. 105101
Publisher:American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Series Name:Review of Scientific Instruments
Keywords:apex, Mapheus
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project Mapheus (payload) (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Gravitational Biology
Deposited By: Herrmann, Astrid
Deposited On:19 Nov 2019 17:48
Last Modified:22 Nov 2023 06:36

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