Title of Presentation: Smart Payload Development for High Data Rate Instrument Systems
Primary (Corresponding) Author: Charles D. Norton
Organization of Primary Author: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Co-Authors: Paula J. Pingree, Jean-Francois Blavier, Dmitry Bekker , and Lucas Scharenbroich
Abstract: Instruments proposed to satisfy measurement objectives of future NASA AOs, and the NRC Decadal Survey missions, will need on-board processing technologies to support autonomy, operations, and science data processing. Traditionally, payload design flows down from measurement objectives, to algorithm design, to realization on a computational platform with limited capabilities. We will describe a more integrated payload systems design approach applicable to the next generation of high data rate instruments for Earth and planetary systems, as well as the current challenges in implementing state-of-the-art on-board algorithms on the latest FPGA hardware.
Two example systems will be discussed; the MATMOS FTIR spectrometer design and a
Such technology challenges associated with designing on-board data processing payload systems for advanced instruments will be described. We assert that designing an FPGA-based computational instrument platform would serve as a sharable component to meet the on-board processing requirements of such instruments.