BAE Systems has commissioned SCISYS Deutschland GmbH with the modification of their Telemetry, Tracking and Command Processor (TTCP) for ESA’s (European Space Agency) JUICE mission to Jupiter.
JUICE stands for JUpiter ICy moons Explorer and will be the first large-class mission in ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme. The mission’s purpose is to investigate Jupiter and its systems in all their interrelations and complexity with emphasis on the three potentially ocean-bearing Galilean satellites, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto, and their potential habitability. For a radio-science experiment a special Data Processing Unit (DPU) software is required, to perform ranging measurements and observe the characteristics of the signals transmitted to earth. This is where SCISYS and the TTCP – a satellite modem - play a key role. The DPU, which is designed by SCISYS, is an integral part of the Telemetry, Tracking and Command Processor (TTCP). Two TTCP systems are installed in each deep space ground station, while a small but robust transponder transmits and receives data onboard JUICE.
The TTCP development is led by BAE Systems (UK) as prime contractor in partnership with SCISYS, C-STS (NL), Atos (AT) and Zelinda (IRL) for ESA. TTCP was initially used for the BepiColombo mission to Mercury and in routine operations of other exploration missions like Gaia and ExoMars. To fit the special requirements of the planned radio-science experiment on Jupi-ter the Data Processor’s software must be significantly enhanced. TTCP’s reception abilities will be extended, the handling of frequency plans will be upgraded, and an additional demodulator will be integrated. SCISYS is responsible for the design, testing, development and documentation of the modifications as well as the ongoing maintenance and further development of the DPU.
The launch of JUICE is planned for 2022, expected arrival at Jupiter will be in 2029. The spacecraft will at least spend three years observ-ing Jupiter and three of its largest moons. The radio-science experiment will explore the atmospheres of Jupiter and its satellites and perform measurements of the gravity fields.
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SCISYS Deutschland GmbH is part of the international SCISYS Group with around 670 employees and serves a broad spectrum of market segments, including media & broadcast, space and defence in the public and commercial sectors. In the space sector, SCISYS is established as a software specialist and ground segment system house. Its long-standing customers in the space domain include space agencies, satellite operators, system integrators, research institutes and international aerospace organisations and companies, including OHB System AG, Thales Alenia Space and Airbus. SCISYS supports the planning, construction and long-term operation of spacecraft missions and participates in research projects and the realisation of future-oriented space applications.
SCISYS SPACE division is one of the leading providers of integrated ICT solutions for the ground segment, specialising in control centres, monitoring & control systems, data processing, intelligent systems, data services and integrated applications. The company also develops onboard software for satellites.
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