LeoStella has selected InnoFlight for the development and delivery of their next-generation Flight Computer Processing Unit (FCPU) and Payload Interface Electronics (PIE) — the FCPU is used as the Command and Data Handling (C&DH) processor of LeoStella’s spacecraft, where the PIE is the processor in support of the payload.
The FCPU is based on InnoFlight’s Compact Flight Computer CFC-400XS in the smallsat form factor. At a high level, the CFC-400XS consists of two (2) main elements, the high-reliability element (Supervisor Board) and the high-performance element (Processor Board and Daughter Card).
The Supervisor Board implements InnoFlight’s proprietary radiation mitigation techniques, ultimately enhancing the reliability of the unit. The Processor Board includes a defense-grade, Xilinx UltraScale+ Multi-Processor System-on-Chip (MPSoC) for General Purpose Processing (GPP). The PIE is a Space VPX system that includes a CFX-400XP card, an extended data storage card and a custom I/O card, all enclosed in a VPX chassis.
“LeoStella selected InnoFlight’s high-performance and low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) computing platform as it can be easily adapted to meet LeoStella’s modular and adaptable satellite interfaces,” said LeoStella Program Manager, Chris Simons. “LeoStella will use this flight computer in our current contractual program and in many of our future programs. Given our focus on manufacturing commercially operational satellites at scale, it is critical to work with suppliers like Innoflight that deliver reliable electronics that support a wide range of missions.”
“InnoFlight is pleased to add LeoStella to our rapidly growing list of 70+ customers,” said Vincent Gagnon, InnoFlight Chief Revenue Officer. “Our CFC-400X-based product line is becoming the go-to space computer for small satellites with more than 465 units sold so far and flight heritage gained earlier this year on two missions.”
InnoFlight is a Nontraditional Defense Contractor (NDC) founded in 2004. Innoflight offers state-of-the-art space avionics, including Communications & Networking Solutions, Cyber Security Solutions, Processing, Data Storage & Payload Interface Electronics Solutions, and Bus & Payload Integrated Avionics Solutions. Our core competency is secure Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) design through innovative implementation of modern Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology in tandem with common standards and protocols that produce modular, high performance, yet low Size Weight and Power (SWaP) systems at competitive prices. Our products are qualified through an Innoflight rigorous process that includes parts reliability analysis & testing, system level fault tolerance, and radiation risk mitigation. Our customers include the U.S. government, prime aerospace contractors and commercial space developers.