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Small Surface Probes for Solar System Exploration
Keywords: Shock-tolerant, Aerospace, Miniaturization
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is developing miniature, robust, FPGA-based avionics systems for small science probes that are applicable to a wide range of solar system exploration missions. This system offers a new design solution for space systems that require motion control and high-speed sensor data acquisition and processing in a miniature, lightweight, low-power package. A modular architecture with standard interfaces provides versatility for a wide range of mission scenarios with minimal non-recurring engineering. The instrument functions are separated from the core functions, so the instrument suite can be selected for specific mission requirements without disrupting the overall avionics architecture. Additional IR&D activities have established and validated analysis methods for electronics in high-shock applications allowing the assembly to be designed for the extreme environments expected in certain exploration missions. This presentation will describe the development of rugged, miniature avionics and their implementation in a breadboard-level demonstration probe.
Jarrod Reddick, Electronics Packaging Engineer
Ball Aerospace
Boulder, CO


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