Project Title: Onboard nonlinear analysis of data: a new technology based on field programmable gate arrays

Acronym: OANA

Project ID: 644

Funding Programme: Space Technology and Advanced Research Programme (STAR)

Funding Agency: Romanian Space Agency (ROSA)

Project Coordinator: Institute of Space Science (ISS)

Partner Organization: Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (UTCN)

Project Director: Dr. Marius Echim (Researcher ID: F-1813-2010)

Partner Responsible: Prof. Octavian Cret (Personal website)

Duration: 24 months (07.09.2017 – 07.09.2019)

Contract Number: 182/07.09.2017


Contact ISS: echim [at] spacescience [dot] ro

Contact UTCN: octavian.cret [at] cs.utcluj [dot] ro


This project is devoted to research activities that will lead to the development, testing and delivery of Intellectual Property (IP) cores for on-board nonlinear analysis of data with proven potential for re-use. The project starts from a collection of algorithms written in MATLAB (TRL 2). The IP cores will be a functional version written in Very High Speed Integrated Circuits Hardware Description Language (VHDL) of a series of hardware systems able to analyze, process and extract on-board the key-parameters that describe variability of physical parameters (like, e.g. but not limited to, density, magnetic and electric field) in space in order to compensate for the limited available resources of the on-board telemetry like is the case for instance for deep space missions and/or nanosatellites. The project will also test the IP cores on Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA technology) available in laboratory (e.g. Xilinx FPGA families) thus will advance the technological level to 5. The project will provide an exploitation study to define the steps for testing the IP cores on space qualified radiation tolerant FPGA technology, like Virtex7 defense grade and MICROSEMI RTG4, to further advance the technological readiness level to 6.

Last update: January 30, 2019

Research supported by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) through the Space Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Programme.