TXMission Enhances Smallsat Reliability

TXMission Enhances Smallsat Reliability

March 23, 2021

In a new whitepaper, TXMission discusses how it is enhancing the reliability of smallsat communication systems.

Industry analysis shows that up to 15% of smallsats do not complete their missions successfully. Ambitious, enterprising business models and longer operational lifetimes are driving the need for ever more reliable smallsats. Lifetime reliability engineering is a well-understood discipline but generally comes with a hefty price tag. We describe a cost-effective, novel architecture for enhancing the reliability of smallsat communications systems. By adding intelligent dynamic monitoring and handling of abnormal operational events, failures can be mitigated and reliability increased. The techniques are described in relation to Software Defined Radios (SDRs) but have wider application across all smallsat subsystems.

Our article describes MissionCast™, which is the name we have given to the sophisticated watchdog monitor function that runs on all our Software Defined Radios (SDRs).

The article can be found here.