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Architecture and performances of the AGILE Telemetry Preprocessing System (TMPPS)
Author(s): M. Trifoglio; A. Bulgarelli; F. Gianotti; F. Lazzarotto; G. Di Cocco; F. Fuschino; M. Tavani
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Paper Abstract

AGILE is an Italian Space Agency (ASI) satellite dedicated to high energy Astrophysics. It was launched successfully on 23 April 2007, and it has been operated by the AGILE Ground Segment, consisting of the Ground Station located in Malindi (Kenia), the Mission Operations Centre (MOC) and the AGILE Data Centre (ADC) established in Italy, at Telespazio in Fucino and at the ASI Science Data Centre (ASDC) in Frascati respectively. Due to the low equatorial orbit at ~ 530 Km. with inclination angle of ~ 2.5°, the satellite passes over the Ground Station every ~ 100'. During the visibility period of . ~ 12', the Telemetry (TM) is down linked through two separated virtual channels, VC0 and VC1. The former is devoted to the real time TM generated during the pass at the average rate of 50 Kbit/s and is directly relayed to the Control Centre. The latter is used to downlink TM data collected on the satellite on-board mass memory during the non visibility period. This generates at the Ground Station a raw TM file of up to 37 MByte. Within 20' after the end of the contact, both the real time and mass memory TM arrive at ADC through the dedicated VPN ASINet. Here they are automatically detected and ingested by the TMPPS pipeline in less than 5 minutes. The TMPPS archives each TM file and sorts its packets into one stream for each of the different TM layout. Each stream is processed in parallel in order to unpack the various telemetry field and archive them into suitable FITS files. Each operation is tracked into a MySQL data base which interfaces the TMPPS pipeline to the rest of the scientific pipeline running at ADC. In this paper the architecture and the performance of the TMPPS will be described and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 70113E (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789338
Show Author Affiliations
M. Trifoglio, INAF-IASF Bologna (Italy)
A. Bulgarelli, INAF-IASF Bologna (Italy)
F. Gianotti, INAF-IASF Bologna (Italy)
F. Lazzarotto, INAF-IASF Roma (Italy)
G. Di Cocco, INAF-IASF Bologna (Italy)
F. Fuschino, INAF-IASF Bologna (Italy)
M. Tavani, INAF-IASF Roma (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7011:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

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