Students building their own satellite

The open-call is valid until March 5th 2017. The European Space Agency will select the best proposals to help those teams of students to lead their own satellite campaign. EATOPS used a similar schem in 2010 (ESA Technology Transfer Programme) to get its 'OPS' tools deployed into a live ground segment environment. For the first time in the product development cycle, our UI/UX designers could test their piece of software against a control room operator.

Such initiatives are to be promoted as they gather teams of professional in their early-days of their engineering career. More projects will naturally emerge from those cross-collaborations and promote the European Space standards (ECSS) sometimes beyond the Space Industry.

The RIVOPS console is a good example. After first being used for the SwissCube Mission and later Triton & TUGSAT-1 mission, the console was eventually deployed onboard an offshore drilling vessel in the North-Sea. The same ECSS-data model is now used to structure the telemetry database of offshore platforms.

The RIVOPS ground segment package (video below) includes the console desk, the mission control system, the ESA-like software EGSE router, its data distribution, the command module, a set of housekeeping monitoring HMIs, the alarm-list, the 3D-overview panel. This software package also includes the suite of configuration tools such as the Spacecraft Mission Information Database (MIB), the spacecraft data model editor. For more information, contact info@eatops.com or chat with us at the bottom of this page.

Source: http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/20...

Adding a tablet-PC to the control room

Mobile tablet computers have made it inside the control room replacing the traditional touch display very often used for the voice matrix or task scheduler.

In this hardware update of the RIVOPS console the tablet PC is embedded as part of the table top. This touch-screen is ideal for: audio-voice-loop selection, fault-scenario selection or an alarm overview panel. Compatible in various dimensions with the Wacom Cintiq product range and Microsoft Surface.

In this hardware update of the RIVOPS console the tablet PC is embedded as part of the table top. This touch-screen is ideal for: audio-voice-loop selection, fault-scenario selection or an alarm overview panel. Compatible in various dimensions with the Wacom Cintiq product range and Microsoft Surface.

EATOPS included the latest stylus-touch-based tablet from Wacom into its RIVOPS console layout. This evolution is a response to the use of tablet PC equipment inside the control room.

More on Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 console available soon.