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The Exoplanet Characterisation Observatory (EChO) payload electronics
Author(s): M. Focardi; M. Pancrazzi; A. M. Di Giorgio; S. Pezzuto; G. Micela; E. Pace
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Paper Abstract

The EChO Payload is an integrated spectrometer designed to cover the 0.55-16 μm (11 to 16 μm as a goal) wavelength band, subdivided into 5 channels from visible to thermal IR with a common set of optics spectrally dividing the field of view by means of dichroics and a unique electronics interface to the spacecraft, the Data Control Unit (DCU). DCU is mainly a digital unit with processing capabilities based on a rad-hard space qualified processor running the main Application SW (the scientific SW) and some programmable logics. DCU will host the detector’s warm front-end electronics (FEEs) and its main tasks are to implement the payload instruments commanding, the science and housekeeping (HK) data acquisition, conversion and packetisation, the onboard spectra pre-processing, and, finally, to provide finely regulated voltage levels to FEEs. Detector’s proximity cold electronics send analog data and HKs to DCU for digital conversion by sharing a redundant ADC aboard DCU. Analog HKs are previously multiplexed, elaborated and converted to digital format before sending them to the satellite platform, via the SpaceWire (SpW) links. DCU controls the FEEs syncronization (interpreting and routing sync signals and time stamps sent by OBC by means of SpW Time Codes) and runs the main logics to perform all the required tasks and memory management. The EChO DCU electronics basically focuses on the data and command flows, the clock/synchronization and power distribution network and on an overall architecture for a trade-off solution removing or reducing any electronics single-point failure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84422T (21 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925172
Show Author Affiliations
M. Focardi, Univ. degli studi di Firenze (Italy)
M. Pancrazzi, Univ. degli studi di Firenze (Italy)
A. M. Di Giorgio, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
S. Pezzuto, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
G. Micela, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
E. Pace, Univ. degli studi di Firenze (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8442:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Mark C. Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen; Jacobus M. Oschmann, Editor(s)

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