A state-of-the-art spacecraft control unit for small but high-demanding satellites, QinetiQ’s Advanced Data and Power Management System (ADPMS) was developed in a contract for the European Space Agency (ESA).
It was created as an easily adaptable and configurable control unit that would enable the design of small satellites with high performance in terms of autonomy, onboard processing capabilities and payload management.
Combining the most powerful space computer in existence with a spacecraft power conditioning and distribution system, ADMPS benefits from extremely low power consumption, mass and volume. The system’s open plug-and-play Compact-PCI architecture gives it the high-bandwidth, simplicity and reliability required.
Our computer has been used on PROBA missions and will control the IXV re-entry module in 2014.