Marco Panunzio
Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of Padua
via Trieste 63
35121 Padova

Space On-Board Software Reference Architecture

SAVOIR-FAIRE working group (Jean-Loup Terraillon (ESA), Andreas Jung (ESA), Paul Arberet (CNES), Sergio Montenegro (DLR), Alain Rossignol (Astrium), Gérald Garcia (Thales Alenia Space), Jianning Li (SSC), Ana Isabel Rodriguez (GMV), Silvia Mazzini (Intecs), Poul Hougaard (Terma), Stuart Fowell (Scisys), Massimo Ferraguto (SSF)) and Marco Panunzio (University of Padua)

14th Conference on Data Systems in Aerospace


The paper aims at describing the motivation and the outcome of the definition of a reference architecture for software on-board the spacecraft platforms. It is based on the work of an industrial working group named SAVOIR-FAIRE, supported by industrial activities, which have defined the architectural principles and the process to define further the architecture. The architecture is using a component based approach executed by an execution platform adapted to space. The paper will present the user needs, the architecture requirements, the architectural principles, and the way forward.

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