Payload Electronics

The Payload Control Computer area includes computers for control and/or data processing of various payload elements, as well as payload interface units without computing blocks. RUAG Space has, based on building blocks from the Data Handling Systems, supplied electronics in many different payload applications for telecommunication, earth observation and science missions.
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RUAG Space has supplied instrument control units for numerous telecommunication, scientific and earth observation satellites. A few examples are:

  • Data Distribution Unit routing science data from on-board instruments, telemetry formatting and AES encryption of downlink data for the Ka-band transponder downlink.
  • Payload Interface Unit providing control and monitoring of I/O interfaces including heater switches, stepper motors, low level command lines, and acquisition of thermistors, analogue and relay status channels.