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The BECCAL Experiment Design and Control Software

Prat, Arnau and Sommer, Jan and Nepal, Ayush Mani and Franz, Tobias and Müntinga, Hauke and Gerndt, Andreas and Lüdtke, Daniel (2021) The BECCAL Experiment Design and Control Software. In: 2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2021. IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings. IEEE Aerospace Conference 2021, 6-13 March 2021, Big Sky, MT, USA. doi: 10.1109/AERO50100.2021.9438129. ISBN 978-172817436-5. ISSN 1095-323X.

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Abstract

This paper presents the software responsible for the design and execution of the experiments in the Bose-Einstein Condensate and Cold Atom Laboratory (BECCAL) mission, an experiment with ultra-cold and condensed atoms on the International Space Station. The software consists of two parts: the experiment control software and the experiment design tools. The first corresponds to the software running on the payload and is in charge of controlling and executing the experiments, while the latter are the tools used by the scientists to create the experiment definition that will be later uploaded to the instrument to be executed. To overcome the challenge of developing software with such complexity, it was decided to follow a model-driven development approach. Several domain-specific languages (DSLs) have been created to allow scientists to describe their experiments in a domain-specific way. These descriptions are then uploaded and executed by different interpreters onboard. The paper details the architecture of the experiment control software and the different modules that compose it, as well as the developed languages and tools used to describe new experiments. The paper also discusses and evaluates some important aspects of the software, such as how resilient it is to failures, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the selected approach compared to other approaches used in similar missions. The developed software will also be used for the MAIUS-2/3 missions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142735/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The BECCAL Experiment Design and Control Software
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Prat, ArnauArnau.PratiSala (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1169-4004
Sommer, JanJan.Sommer (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2815-0337
Nepal, Ayush ManiAyush.Nepal (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Franz, TobiasTobias.Franz (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1412-9625
Müntinga, HaukeHauke.Muentinga (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6599-6481
Gerndt, Andreasandreas.gerndt (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0409-8573
Lüdtke, DanielDaniel.Luedtke (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6758-1562
Date:7 June 2021
Journal or Publication Title:2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2021
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1109/AERO50100.2021.9438129
Publisher:IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
Series Name:IEEE Aerospace Conference
ISSN:1095-323X
ISBN:978-172817436-5
Status:Published
Keywords:BECCAL, Bose-Einstein-Condensate, Cold Atom, flight software
Event Title:IEEE Aerospace Conference 2021
Event Location:Big Sky, MT, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:6-13 March 2021
Organizer:IEEE
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Communication, Navigation, Quantum Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R KNQ - Communication, Navigation, Quantum Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project BECCAL
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute for Software Technology
Institute for Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing
Deposited By: Prat i Sala, Arnau
Deposited On:01 Oct 2021 09:55
Last Modified:01 Oct 2021 09:55

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